The Virtue of Study

June 26, 2017

Study comes from the Latin word, studeo, studere which means “I dedicate myself, I direct my effort or attention, I strive after”. So, Study as a virtue entails constancy, dedication, and effort. That is what Study is. It is a virtue that helps students focus and pay attention to detail. In this regard Study, as a virtue, is something that goes beyond just schooling. It is applicable even afterwards. 


Schola, the Latin word for school, literally means “leisure time given to learning”. It is leisure time because it comes from the Greek word schole, which means leisure. The Greeks, and the Romans who mostly copied from them, saw studying as a leisurely activity. It is not work, in the sense that it is burdensome. So, students should actually learn how to find studying as a fun activity. To do this, they have to acquire it as a habit. The acquisition of this habit is something we – the teachers, your child’s mentor, and the parents – all have to work for. 


Let me put here some suggestions on how you can help develop the virtue of Study in your child. 


Set up a study area that is free of distractions. It is important that kids learn that time spent for studying is different form their other activities. Studying on the bed, for example, tends to make students feel lazy – because the bed is comfortable. Too comfortable, in fact. 


Prioritize study in your child’s schedule at home. Parents should encourage their children to prioritize their studies even at home – except maybe on certain special occasions. Your children will always be students, whether they be in school or at home. Of course, this does not mean that they do not do anything else but study. It simply means that studying should take priority in their daily schedule – perhaps, before they can go enjoy a movie or hang-out with friends.


Make reading a regular activity at home. The art of reading is something many claimed to have been lost by students. It’s not necessarily true, as there are several students who still enjoy reading a good book or two. However, we all know that many of the kids today spend more time surfing the Internet or playing video games. While these activities are not necessarily wrong, they do not promote the same values and skills that kids get when reading a good book.


Limit the amount of TV-viewing and Internet surfing. As mentioned previously, most kids spend their time at home either in front of the television or their computer screens, or on their cellphones. It is good to be on top of these things, especially for those whose children are still in the intermediate levels. 


Talk to the teachers to know what your child is supposed to be learning. This goes without saying. Teachers appreciate a parent who is more there than not there. We like it when a parent asks us how their kids are doing in school. 


Encourage and motivate them to achieve excellence in their studies. Supervise their work but don’t do things for them. Praise them for their achievements. There is some truth to the phrase, “leave the teaching to teachers”. Parents, because of their busy schedules, may not always have the time to look after their kid’s schoolwork or to go through their lessons one by one. However, every parent can encourage and motivate their child to do better in school and to achieve what they can in their studies. Whenever they do well, praise them for their efforts. 


The collaboration between the school and the parents is of utmost importance in maximizing all the efforts put in the education of children. As such, we need your help. Let us all work together to make this possible!