Cognitive Psychologist Gives Tips To Help Kids Study

GREENSBORO -- Kids are getting ready to pack up their backpacks and head back to school. Dr. Peter Delaney, Associate Professor of Cognitive Psychology at UNCG, will be on the Good Morning Show Friday to explain how to help your kids succeed in school this year.

"Just like you raise kids to have good eating habits and pick healthy snacks instead of junk food, you also need to raise your kids to have good learning habits," Delaney said.

Obviously, studying and going to class are important -- but no one needs a PhD to know that. According to Delaney, there are some less obvious learning strategies that help kids learn.

"Things that "feel good" during learning don't always work as well as things that are harder and less fun," he said.

Delaney said testing a child's memory can be very helpful, rather than just having them look over notes.

"We often mistake having something look familiar for having really learned it," Delaney said. "If you just read over your notes, it'll get familiar, but they won't be able to do that. Have your kids, test themselves by closing the book and trying to remember what they read, or by making flashcards for definitions."

Delaney also pointed out that good grades don't always indicate that a child is learning.

"Cramming is a habit that feels good, and may even yield very good test grades, but it doesn't last," Delaney said. "If you study a little every day, going back over things a few times, you'll retain it much longer."

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