Thank you for continuing your child’s educational journey with Eye Level. It is our strong belief that students who develop their problem-solving and self-directed learning skills will be better equipped to take on any challenges that may come their way.
The development of these skills relies on the student’s study habits. Consistency is important in any area of study. One does not become a great pianist by practicing occasionally and taking long breaks. While the mind needs time to rest and recover, it also requires commitment and continuous study to retain information.
Benefits of Consistent Study
Eye Level places great importance on continuous study. It requires much effort and time to form a new habit–studies indicate it could be anywhere from six months to two years–yet often it is all too easy to break one. This depends on the immediate reward associated with the habit, of course. It is hard to break the habit of eating too much pizza or take-out, but easy to break the habit of going to the gym every day.
Therefore, when it comes to your child’s study, it is important to stay consistent. It may be unfortunate, but more than likely for your child, studying falls into the same category as going to the gym every day might for you–it is not always fun and the motivation is indirect. Once your child builds the routine of going to the learning center once or twice a week and doing a little bit of homework every day, it is important to avoid disrupting it. Even a simple two-week break without work can cause setbacks and headaches when trying to get back into the routine.
Psychologists remark that long-term habits are ingrained at a neural level. Our brains are remarkable in that they are ever changing. As we learn new things, whether as children or adults, our brains are able to reorganize and form new connections between neurons. These sorts of specific changes due to learning and habit building can be seen in the brains of musicians as discussed in a 2008 article on sharpbrains.com. A significant difference in development in the cortices of the brain associated with playing music could be observed in the musicians that practiced their instrument every day in comparison with those who did not.1
While holidays and vacations are a time for children to take a deserved break from school, it does not mean they should take a break from learning. It is evident that continued study will lead to lifelong benefits. Even during school breaks, a child should continue her Eye Level studies to keep from breaking hard-built habits. If you will be out of town, your Eye level center can arrange for Eye Level booklets to be taken with you so as to not adversely impact your child’s progress.
1Dr. Michelon, Pascale. “Brain Plasticity: How learning changes your brain.” Sharp Brains N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Feb 2008. <http://sharpbrains.com/blog/2008/02/26/brain-plasticity-how-learning-changes-your-brain/>