5 Good Study Habits (and How IXL Can Help)

Now that the back-to-school rush is subsiding, is your child starting to settle into the school year? The months ahead are full of possibilities, making this a great time to establish good study habits. We’ve collected 5 tips to help your child succeed and included ways IXL can help you accomplish each one.

  1. Refresh knowledge when needed

The start of the school year can be full of new information and fast-paced learning. If your child forgot certain math concepts over the summer or is feeling iffy about new literary terms, take time for a quick review. A low-pressure refresher can make all the difference for their confidence!

How IXL can help: Use the search bar at the top of IXL.com to find topics for review. If any skill is a little too tricky, try a lower grade level to keep building that foundation of knowledge. You can also take advantage of the skills on the Recommendations wall, which have been specifically chosen to help your child grow.


  1. Understand the teacher’s expectations

One sure-fire way for your child to succeed is to understand their teacher’s expectations. This includes everything from how assignments are evaluated to what SmartScore they should reach. If anything isn’t clear, you or your child should feel comfortable following up with the teacher. Communication is key!

How IXL can help: Referring to IXL Analytics can be helpful when discussing goals and expectations with a teacher. IXL’s reports can show you how much time your child spent on IXL, which questions were challenging, and more. IXL Analytics can also help reveal your child’s progress and start a good conversation about appropriate SmartScore goals.


  1. Study a little every day

Just like cramming the night before a quiz doesn’t work out in the long run, trying to master a concept all at once can be daunting for any student. Encourage your child to prioritize short-but-sweet studying whenever possible; in other words, consistent, high-quality learning beats one or two high-stress sessions!

How IXL can help: Even brief IXL work makes a big difference! Our research shows that schools where students answer at least 15 questions per week outperform all the others. If your child only has time for a little IXL, it will still be valuable. And remember: IXL progress is automatically saved, so taking breaks is always okay.


  1. Be an active reader

Skimming instructions, readings, and other school assignments can be tempting for any student, especially once the school year is in full swing and the workload keeps coming. Your child can practice active reading by doing things like noting the main idea of a passage, summarizing instructions in their own words, and taking time to look up unfamiliar words or concepts. This will help solidify what they’re learning so it really sticks!   

How IXL can help: When your child gets an IXL question wrong, do they take time to read the answer explanation? Doing so will help them understand the concept better and learn from their mistakes—and it can also be a way for them to get in the habit of active reading. It may even be helpful to read the explanation aloud, or to a partner or parent. Then they can click “Got it” with confidence.


  1. Celebrate success and look to the future

Sometimes students can become so focused on work that they don’t take time to celebrate small victories. Acknowledging these moments will motivate them to keep up the effort and may even inspire them to create new goals. The next accomplishment is just around the corner!

How IXL can help: Through their work on IXL, students earn certificates and awards that acknowledge what they’ve achieved. Both are great ways to highlight their hard work—you can even display certificates in a place of prominence! You can also encourage your child to use the awards as goal inspiration for time spent, questions answered, and more.