The research by Hewlett Packard, in collaboration with Prof Sarah Moore of the University of Limerick, considered a need to get children back into school routine after periods of idleness.
“Re-establishing a routine after the period of relaxation and relative inactivity presents a challenge that requires special attention,” said Tolulope Lawani, marketing manager for PPS, at a presentation in Lagos.
“In addition to re-adjusting to school day routines, getting your child back in excellent academic mode after the relaxation and lack of school related activity of the mid-term is very important.”
The research noted a need to provide more engaging ways for children to interface with content of new technologies. It also suggested that learning from printed notes can be an extremely effective process of absorbing information long term.
The findings back the company’s new educational printing portfolio which allows students and their parents to print twice as much for the same price.
“This means there never needs to be a compromise when it comes to learning,” Lawani said.
In addition to taking notes from printed sources, said Lawani, parents are advised to print out checklists with all the items needed for school early in the year and try creating activities at home that will nurture the skills needed by children in the classroom, such as organisational skills, teamwork, creativity and reflection.
“Furthermore, the use of educational games such as crossword puzzles and recording memories by encouraging children to keep a diary or journal to collate all their holiday memories will help ensure that some of the most important skills needed for school, such as writing and analytical skills, are used in a fun and natural way.”