……. make sure your children are in fit physical shape. It is so important that your children eat good food, get enough exercise, and get a good night’s sleep.

The saying that “you snooze, you lose” doesn’t apply to learners who stay up late to cram for a test or finish a class project. New research shows that sacrificing sleep for school work is a bad trade.

Researchers from the Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at the University of California enlisted students from three Los Angeles high schools to help them figure out whether academic performance suffered the day after a late night of studying.

It turned out their hunch was correct: Lost sleep resulted in less comprehension during class and worse performance on tests.

Our brains need rest to perform their best. Without nagging, make sure your child is going to bed at a reasonable time, and getting a good night’s sleep. Getting enough sleep is just as important as making sure they’ve completed their homework. Here’s a handy guide for figuring out how much sleep your child needs:

• Pre-Schoolers: 11 to 12 hours of sleep
• Primary School Children: 10 to 11 hours of sleep
• Teenagers/High School Children: 9 hours of sleep

If you as a parent can help to organise your child’s time and environment, so as to make what he should do easy and what he shouldn’t do hard, you have made an extremely worthwhile contribution to his study motivation, and ultimately to his study success.

Next we’ll discuss TIP NUMBER 4: TEACH IT TO YOUR TEDDY BEARS!