Bad report card? You need to act quickly. A bad grade is a big warning
sign that something isn’t right and the sooner it gets addressed
the better. You see, education is a foundational building block system
and teachers just don’t have the time to go back and reteach concepts
from previous grades. That means when your child is missing fundamental
building block knowledge, they fall further behind with each passing grade.
There is much that you as a parent can do to inspire and support your child
in getting the best possible grades they can. Here are a few easy ways
in which you can create an environment that supports growth and learning.
Having a supportive family who believe in you is the first step to improved
academic success. Believe that they will improve and focus on the positive.
Help them to set realistic goals and be their most enthusiastic cheerleader.
Parental involvement is one of the key pillars to student success in academics
and in life. Find time to help with homework, help out at school and to
get to know their teachers and friends. Speak with their teachers about
ways in which you can support their growth at home. Their teachers know
what they need and can give great advice on how you can help at home.
Get a tutor
Remember what we were saying about building blocks? An in-home tutor can
work with your child to find those missing building blocks in their knowledge
and fill in the gaps. Not only can a one-on-one tutor bring your child
up to speed, but they can actually help them to move ahead. Ensure that
you select a tutor who also teaches executive skills.
Executive skills are key
To excel at school, your child needs to have study and organizational skills
which are known as executive functions. They have to be organized enough
to ensure that homework and assignments are done on time and that they
are sufficiently prepared for exams and tests. They also have to prioritize
tasks and manage their time effectively to balance school, life and sport.
Teaching executive functions will equip your child with the skills they
need to succeed.
Children don’t all learn in the same way; some are visual learners
while others are auditory or kinesthetic learners. Find out which learning
styles your child responds to best and then help them to convert information
so that they can study smarter, not harder.
Start a routine. This will help your child to be organized and manage time
effectively. Pick a time for homework when your child is rested and ready
which means not right after school and not too late at night. Create a
quiet environment free of distractions and siblings where your child can
do homework in peace. Ensure that they are fed a healthy diet with tons
of fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grains. Encourage them to exercise
every day and get outside as often as possible.
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