Need to boost your kid’s productivity? Read on to learn the simplest schedule on how to improve your young child’s productivity and gear up for the upcoming mid-year exams.
I teach primary school kids for a living.
And I’ve noticed that most kids are endowed with a myriad of qualities.
They’re rowdy, they’re innocent, they’re mischievous and they’re funny.
However, as much traits they’re gifted with, they also lack in certain aspects.
One thing for sure, productivity and discipline is mostly non-existent.
We know how much productivity gets work done.
Noticed how your kid hasn’t been able to finish a two-page homework after three hours? Or that they’re still unsure about certain concepts even after hours chained to the desk?
That’s the absence of productivity. The lack of it can grow into some major issues.
Productivity is typically looked on as something that might be helpful for adults who are in the workforce. But work efficiency shouldn’t be limited to adults. Students will also need it to drive progress, enable self-management and self-inspiration.
High work output is a habit of mind that needs to be educated and augmented throughout life. It’s paramount towards progression, but it’s not something that’s widely taught or understood in school. Schools in Singapore are oriented to the imparting of knowledge and fostering of discipline, but overlooks the practice of productivity.
Because productivity fine-tunes learning skills, it’s is something parents should fold into their kid’s learning plan, especially when the school isn’t teaching kids how to do it. If you’re serious about preparing your kids to become productive self-learners, there’ll be some hard work ahead.
Rather than forcing them to be productive, start with a schedule. A structured day can help your kid get into gear. Here’s one that parents can adopt to activate the young ones’ dormant productivity.
|5:00 am||Wake up, do some easy stretches, wash up|
|5:45 am||Breakfast (have a hearty one!) and a short break (read, learn-play etc.) that’ll help ease learning into the day|
|6:45 am||Head to school|
|7:30 am to 3:40 pm||In school|
|4:30 pm||Take a break|
|5:00 pm||Revise school work (remember to use the Pomodoro method!) OR extra tuition lessons|
|8:00 pm||Extra revision or tuition lessons when needed|
|9 pm||Great time to pick up the reading habit|
|9:45 pm||Get ready for bed|
Don’t take it to heart if your kid doesn’t adhere entirely to the schedule. The goal here is let it be a guide for better productivity. It’s just the same for checklist—you don’t have to check everything off the list because productivity is not about numbers.
Some tips to enhance the schedule
Be in control. As adults, when we need a midday pick-me-up, we reach for the cuppa. But for a primary school student, that’s definitely not an option. Let your kid take control of their schedule for maximum productivity. Students aren’t cast in the same mold; some learn better at night, while others learn better in the day. The key is to make it as adaptable and personal as possible.
Work smart. Getting your kids to do work isn’t an illusion. The recommended Pomodoro method encourages weaving 15 to 20 minutes breaks in between four chunks of 25-minutes study sessions to boost productivity. The short study bouts work best as they gather concentration and use it before it fades away.
Establish a study zone. We’ve talked about the 30 simple ways to motivate students to study. And one way to do it is designating a learning timetable and area. There is no real need to maintain consistency in terms of a study venue though. Be glad to know that a change of venue or environment can also contribute to better recall, bringing your kid’s productivity to the next level.
Track and plan. Parents have to take note of their kid’s habits, whether its learning habits or break habits. With these information in hand, parents can make changes to the schedule accordingly. However, note that the schedule shouldn’t be too aligned with their habits, otherwise it defeats the purpose of training their discipline.
Rest well. Good studying sessions require your kid to be fresh and sharp. A good night’s sleep is far more effective than a night cramming for a test could ever be. A bad night’s sleep can throw off their whole day. How many hours does your child need? Experts recommend 9 to 12 hours of sleep for 6 to 12 years old students.
Identify your kid’s learning styles. Every kid learns differently. Learning styles can be categorized into 4 types: visual, aural/auditory, reading/writing, kinesthetic. Use it to your kid’s advantage and you’ll see results in no time.
Make good use of extra time. Have any time left over? Great! Use it wisely. Allow some lightness into the schedule by letting them do something that will bust stress and recharge energy. Exercising, watching videos online or reading are good options.
In school, it’s normal for children to stop having their sense of playfulness. Standardized lesson plans are squashed into each teaching days, and kids feel the weighty pressure to do well.
Children have a tendency to laze. The right study materials heighten intellectual arousal, and the right schedule ensures that kid’s productivity are maximized. Just don’t forget to let kids have some fun in between!