Creating a Productive Home Environment for Student-Athletes

Have you ever wondered how you can help your student-athlete succeed?

Making a good space at home for student-athletes to handle their homework and study time is so important for doing well in school. Studies have found that balancing schoolwork and athletics needs a plan that includes managing time well, having a supportive home environment, and using strategies to promote doing well in school AND rocking it on the court. 

Don’t worry, there are so many easy things that you can do to make it easier for your student-athlete to succeed. Let’s check out some simple tips to help your child feel supported at home.

Designate a quiet spot for studying. Help your kid pick a quiet place to study. It should be bright and free from distractions like TV or phones. Having a special place just for studying can help them transition from sports to study mode and focus better. 

Keep things organized. Encourage your student to keep their study stuff tidy. It saves time and makes studying less stressful.

Stick to a schedule. Make a plan for homework time that fits around practices and games. Having a routine can help your kid manage their time better, spread out the workload, and ultimately help keep them from getting too stressed.

Limit their distractions. Phones and gadgets can make it hard to concentrate on the work that needs to be done. Try to limit screen time during study sessions. If they need their computer to complete assignments, try using apps that limit access to distracting websites or social media during their study time.

Encourage them to take healthy study breaks. Remind your kid to take regular, short breaks during study sessions. Doing so has been shown to improve their concentration and reduce burnout. 5-10 minute breaks each or to stretch, walk around the block, or grab a snack can help them stay focused.

Talk about their goals. Have regular chats about why school is important, even with sports. Doing well in the classroom can help open more opportunities for them in the future. Making those connections will help them to prioritize their homework.

Give lots of encouragement and support. Cheer on your student both in school and in sports. If they are struggling, offer to help or find a tutor.

By following these tips, you can create a home environment that will help foster growth, learning, and balance. With your support, they’ll be able to reach their goals and excel in their sports and studies.

For more information, check out the below resources, and follow @untappedlearning on Instagram for more tips on how to help your kid succeed.

For More:

How to Balance Athletics and Academics 

Exploring how Student Athletes Balance Athletic, Academic, and Personal Needs

Balancing Athletics and Academics 

How To Balance School and Sports as a High-Performing Student Athlete 

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