Homeschooling Hacks with Romesh Ranganathan: Building their study skills

Your child has finally sat down for their lesson, now you just have to find a way to get all of the information into their brain and make it stick. Easy, right?

Comedian and former teacher Romesh Ranganathan has some tips to help you make the most of your homeschooling schedule...

Romesh's tips

  • When you're talking your child through their work, keep your instructions clear and short.
  • Repeat the key bits they should be learning and have them repeat it back to you. Repeat the key bits they should be learning and have them repeat it back to you. Repeat the...
  • Encourage your child to ask questions on the subject you're learning (at your own peril).
  • If the lesson or task is feeling a bit daunting, break it into sections to tackle one by one.
  • Use mnemonics, AKA that weird memory trick from school that helped you to learn the colours of the rainbow. Remember? Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain: Red, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet. Make up your own!
  • Visual aids - like drawings, checklists and flash cards - are great for making a lesson easier to grasp.
  • Find out how your child learns best. Do they work well with visual or listening aids, reading and writing, or activities? Once you know, you can plan their perfect lesson.
  • If something's not working for your child, try something else!
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