Helping a Teenager Study

Teenagers have increased study loads and so sometimes need help with their studies. This may simply mean giving them space, but they will also need the right supplies such as stationery and textbooks. Motivation, creating a study timetable and ensuring they have a balance between study and other activities is also crucial.

The right equipment and environment

Any distractions are going to affect a child’s ability to concentrate on studying so you need to provide the right environment for them. This includes creating a study zone that limits distractions but is also inspiring. It can be in their bedroom but make sure there are no temptations, such as electronic gaming systems, to draw them away from their work. The kitchen table is usually not the most efficient place to study and listening to music can also be a distraction.

If your child is studying, make sure the home is peaceful. Encourage other children to play quietly. It’s also important that a studying teen has everything they need, such as pens, pencils, textbooks and even access to the internet, within easy reach.

Create a balance

Research has shown that a balance between study and recreation is most beneficial for teens. Finding that balance can be difficult, however, especially if your child has concerns about a specific subject. Tips to help maintain a balance include:

  • The most effective study period is in blocks of no more than 45 minutes;

  • Study is most beneficial when mentally alert, not tired or stressed;

  • Students should spend more time on difficult and least-liked subjects;

  • Do the difficult subjects first;

  • Create a study timetable. Research has shown that the most successful students work this way.

Stress less and keep active

It is understandable that exam time is going to be stressful, but there are ways you can help to reduce the amount of stress your child feels. The best ways to do this are to encourage your child to take regular breaks, get lots of sleep and eat a balanced diet.

Educators have also found that students who are healthy, fit and regularly take part in a physical activity or sport perform better in the classroom. These types of students have also proved to be more disciplined in their studies.

You can help keep your child active by encouraging them to walk or ride to school; taking part in a sport or even a dance class; or it could be something as simple as taking the dog for regular walks.


Supporting your teenager during exam periods or study is crucial to their success. Motivating them can be as simple as showing a genuine interest in what they are doing. Encouraging your teenager to talk about what they are doing is also beneficial as it can often help to get them thinking while also providing an opportunity for them to hear other ideas and opinions.  

Make sure they know that you are available to help or for support at any time, because just knowing this fact can often be all the motivation they need. 


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