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November 29th, 2017
5 Ways You Can Help Your Children Succeed at School
posted by Karen Quinn, The Testing Mom
Your child’s education is important to you – that goes without saying. But do you ever wonder if there is anything you can do to help them? If you have, here are some simple tips to help them to get the most from their education.
Help Your Children Succeed at School
Meet Their Teacher
Your child’s teacher is one of the key people in their education – so it makes sense to meet them early and often.
Try to meet them as early in the school year as possible, and impress on them that you want your child to do well – and are willing to help. Basically, you want to highlight the fact you and the teacher are a partnership in educating your child – so you need to know what you can do at your end to ensure they have the best education possible.
Talk to your Child
At the same time, whilst it is course important that you have a great relationship with your child’s teacher, it is also key that you communicate easily with your child about their education.
You want them to feel comfortable coming to talk to you. That way they can raise issues that may be affecting their education quickly and your can deal with them before there are any long lasting effects.
Hiring in Help
You should never be ashamed of hiring in outside help if at all possible. A private tutor could well be the very best investment you make for your child’s education.
On the one hand they can offer focused tutelage to make up for any deficiencies in your child’s current education. For example, if they are struggling with Math, then hiring a tutor who specializes in this subject could provide the extra one-to-one tuition that can prove extremely useful and can help get your child’s studies back on track.
It can also help you if your child is bringing home homework assignments that you struggle to understand – and so struggle to help them with. A tutor can really help in situations such as this.
Get That Homework Done!
No one enjoys homework – just think back to your own school days for confirmation of that! Nevertheless, homework is an important part of the overall educational process, and if your child is going to get the most from their education then completing their homework is very important.
Make sure to impress this fact on your child too. Yes, sometimes there will be times when they don’t want to do it – perhaps especially as they enter their teenage years!
However it really will benefit them, so have a few strategies to help encourage them. If they have a video game console they want to play for example, only let them play after they have done their homework – that way they see it as a reward for their hard work.
Perhaps the single greatest thing you can do to help your child flourish at school is to encourage reading. Reading is the only skill that will actively assist them in every single lesson that they take.
It will also stand them in good stead for when they are older students. When the teachers stop spoon-feeding information and more mature students must independently research their work, the children encouraged to read alone from an early age have the clear advantage.
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