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Studeam facilitates transparency to achieve a good study habit 

Educating in Study habit: Transparency. We are going to explain why STUDEAM (the homework and study task planning app) boosts a good study habit and in particular why we promote transparency in the study of our children or our students. As mentioned in the previous post self-control and awareness are the main lever to promote any good habit. When we launched STUDEAM our aim was to promote reach this goal, however, we -as parents or teachers- need to help our children and students and the only way is to create an environment where we can share information. This is what we call Transparency. If you do not know anything about this app, you might want to have a look to the video DEMO  to see how it works.

Nothing better to move us to action than to have someone else expecting you to do something that we have committed to. Sometimes we care because that person has a power over us that makes us fear the consequences or enjoy the benefits that that third party can decide. For example, this is the case of the teacher who can give the student a bad grade or the father who can deprive his son of certain benefits.

Other times we care because we are united by a bond of appreciation or love that especially motivates us. We think of the motivating teachers whose appreciation for the students pushes them to strive to do what they ask. As a result, the students care a lot about what those teachers think of them and want to reciprocate. Much more should happen with parents (although this fails sometimes).

Tracking and evaluating study habit

Certainly, many things we would not do if there was no one who expects, needs or demands them. In our case, if a teacher asks a student for certain tasks, when the date arrives, he demands their delivery and can evaluate his work, but it is not usually seen how the student has executed those tasks. At least it’s not clear: have you done everything in a hurry at the last minute? Did you prepare for the exam without sleeping the night before? Or were you working regularly every day? Do you have a good study habit? Did you worked on the homework deeply or looked for a cheat?

The matter is not trivial. It is a fundamental training goal because the way we work is very important. But this goal is rarely specified in any methodology provided the difficulties that enable proper monitoring and evaluation. To date, their treatment is usually indirect, derived from the fact that the student has to manage his time well to guarantee that he achieves to deliver on time.

But, if a baseline planning is available to both the students and the supervisors (be it the parent, the teacher or the pedagogue), transparency and follow-up are made easier. The students know what is expected to be done in each study period, and the teacher knows what to check, what tasks to ask about. “Show me what you have done today in Math,” the father will demand, without his son being surprised. And that changes everything! Knowing that all these things should have been done today is very good for both parties. If they are not done, there must be a good reason or simply something to improve in the future in the struggle to achieve a good study habit. This is what we mean by “Educating the habit of study: transparency.”

Conclusions: Time Management Methodology for a good study habit

In the previous post we pointed out that self-awareness and self-control contribute to achieve a good study habit and are two important factors that influence academic performance. We think that this method of time management facilitates and empowers them, in addition to making the step to action easier: to start studying. Learning to organize well is easier if you have defined guidelines, a method of daily application that can be the catalyst for a better study habit.

To these elements we now add the goodness of transparency for the monitoring and evaluation of the study habit that Studeam makes possible. However, this transparency alone is not enough to be motivating. Framework conditions must be met so that it does not work against our objective. But this will already be the subject of a new post