Studies show that when parents get involved in their children’s education, their academic success usually improves. The trick is finding the right methods of support and striking the balance between your expectations and your kids’ abilities.
Here are several strategies that can help your support your child in becoming a better student.
Designate a study space
Setting up a specific place where your child can study and do homework is an important part of their home routine, but as all kids have different needs and preferences, talk to them in order to determine what place in your home would be the most suitable. Some kids need a formal space and a proper desk in order to concentrate on their work, while others are perfectly happy to do it on the bed or even the floor. In addition, for some kids, a noisy environment is a distraction, whereas others function best when there are people around.
Agree on ground rules
Any system you create will not stand a chance if there are no clear ground rules. Kids need structure and discipline to stay focused and organized. Devise the rules together and display them in the open to remind everyone of their duties and responsibilities. There can be certain incentives if the rules are followed and reasonable consequences if not.
By establishing a system like this, you’ll encourage your child to take responsibility and work independently, which are important qualities for school success and pave the way to their future academic achievements.
Create a daily study routine
According to many studies, a child’s academic success is greatly influenced by their parents’ involvement, even more than the socioeconomic status. However, many parents struggle with finding the time in their hectic working schedules to help their child with homework.
One solution lies in developing a daily routine that appoints specific homework and study time. There could be slight variations in the length of those periods depending on your child’s preferences and your family dynamics, but what matters here the most is staying consistent and sticking to your routine once you establish it.
Ask for help if necessary
An essential part of providing support for your child’s learning is being able to recognize when there’s a need for additional help. It’s quite likely that for you as a parent, certain areas like maths or science might be outside of your field of expertise, and if your child is struggling with these subjects, find help.
You can contact the school, find private tutors, join afterschool programs, consult older siblings and other students, and even go online where you can download study resources from students who have been there before, such as biology notes, maths assignments and study material that covers several topics in great depth.
Develop communication with teachers
Having open communication with your child’s teachers is very important as they can offer valuable insight into your child’s development and some useful learning tips you can try at home. Make sure you attend parent-teacher meetings and take time to discuss your child’s need, accomplishments and areas of improvement. When both sides take a cooperative approach to a child’s academic performance, they are more likely to find the best solution.
Nurture a learning environment at home
Being that you’re a powerful model for your child at home, if you adopt a positive attitude towards education in general, it will help them be more open to learning and it will build their self-confidence. Teach them to be curious and inquisitive as active learning can happen anytime and anywhere, while they play sports, hang out with friends, play an instrument, visit places and even have a simple conversation with you.
Be a good listener and respond to your child’s questions and ideas. When you allow such give-and-take situation at home, your child will be more interested in taking active participation in school activities as well. Moreover, encourage them to love reading as this is the road to life-long learning. Take them to libraries and show them what they can discover. This will push them on the road of becoming an independent learner.
By showing interest in your child’s education, keeping a positive stand and providing understanding and support in any form you can, you’ll show your child that learning can be enjoyable and well worth the effort.
About the Author
Peter is a parenting and lifestyle writer for Daddi Life magazine. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.