Children's Development

Helpful Studying Techniques for Young Kids

There are many creative and engaging ways to make studying more effective for young children. The amount of studying and methods will differ than those used by older students. With guidance and support, young children can develop good study habits. Here are some techniques to help young children retain information and perform their best.

Use interactive studying techniques. Memory, board games, Scrabble, and Bingo type games can all be tailored to address the content. Create online games and quizzes to help students retain information. Make your own game show quiz at or

Use mnemonic devices, memory aids that help children remember information, by associating new concepts with something familiar. Find acronyms or silly songs to help kids remember steps, sequences, and spelling.

Drawing pictures that represent concepts they are studying can help kids remember information. The act of drawing engages both the visual and the creative parts of their brains, making the learning material more memorable.

Take frequent breaks and set timers to make study time more productive. Studying in small increments can be more effective than long periods. Break study time into smaller chunks and set a manageable goal for each session.

Organize a study group. Learning with others is interactive and collaborative. Students can quiz each other and discuss the material leading to a deeper understanding of the topic.

Create a quiet space. Minimize distractions and the need to get up to retrieve items. Designate a study spot stocked with supplies. Teach study skills and basic organizational strategies. Help kids create a study checklist to keep them on track.

Videos and animations are great resources to teach kids in an appealing way. Find educational apps and games available online to help kids learn while having fun.

There are many techniques that young kids can use to remember the information they have learned. Try them all and find what works best for your students!

Stephanie Standley M. Ed. is a mom, educator, writer, and outdoor enthusiast. She received her undergraduate degrees in Sociology and Psychology as well as a Master of Education-Literacy from the University of San Diego. Stephanie has 12+ years of classroom experience as a teacher and currently supports students in Special Education. She is inspired to use evidence-based practices to educate children in creative and engaging ways.