You know how to study. Right? After all, you’re an adult now. And that means you’ve spent years in school studying for everything from algebra exams to bio tests. And not only are you a lifelong learner yourself, but you also have the honorable job of helping your child to be the very best student they can be. And that’s why new research on effective learning out of Canada’s University of Waterloo is so important.
Recently published in the journal Memory, the research may have found a way to make it easier (and faster) to learn — and it all has to do with how you read.
So let’s say your teenager is studying for his history exam. He is pouring over the textbook, reading the words to himself. As it turns out, he may be doing it wrong. In the study, researchers found that reading the material aloud can help students to learn between 5% and 15% faster than silent reading or having someone else read it to them.
Whoa. Faster learning? Well, schools are sure to put this into use right away. Umm, maybe not. Many (but certainly not all) schools are failing students when it comes to teaching them techniques that actually help them to study more effectively. A simple method, such as reading aloud, is a prime example.
If your child isn’t already trying a read aloud strategy, go ahead and give it a whirl at home. At the best, your child will learn faster than before. At the worst, he or she will need an extra glass of water to relieve that dry read aloud throat.
What’s your favorite strategy for helping your child learn? Tell us in the comments below.