Has your child’s improvement in academia remained stagnant despite constant revision, or are you experiencing frustration at their inability to propel their grades even with extra tuition classes?
How well your child does in school is dependent on a variety of factors, often intertwined with his or her life at home. Here are some ways in which you, as a parent, can help your kids succeed by providing a healthy support system.
Not always about getting As
You might be tempted to relate grades to the amount of effort put in – however, the absence of an A does not signify that your child has not put in his or her best efforts. Sometimes, he only has tried his best, but it did not translate to an A. Be willing to let him succeed and fail on his own, the important part is that they have learnt something. Pushing them to get an A might just be counterproductive and give them anxiety, making them perform badly on a test. Praise and encourage them for the questions they got right, and try to spur their passion for learning instead. He would have much better chance at excelling if he is interested in learning.
Encourage a love for reading
Books can do many wonders of spurring your child’s character development, language skills and critical thinking. The written word contains all the jewels that can boost your child’s brain power; they build vocabulary, teach them about other cultures, inspire creativity, and develop decision-making skills. Make reading a fun and interactive activity by reading to them, and using the stories as examples to discuss values and consequences. Let your child’s passion for books and imagination run wild – even if he or she picks out a book, you don’t necessarily deem ‘academic’.
Create a routine
If you are a working parent, you might find it hard to find time in your busy schedule to sit down with your child to talk about school, review homework, and guide them. However, if you put in the effort to develop a daily homework routine for your child by sitting down with them, it will promote an orderly and consistent revision pattern. You should seek their consensus on when homework time should be, as it encourages them to take responsibility for their actions. Remember that children also need time to unwind and recharge, so it’s better to continue homework after dinner than say, immediately after school.
Stay active, rest well, eat well
You’ve heard of the saying, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” It doesn’t just make him sluggish, it decreases his concentration skills and makes it harder for him to retain information. A tired brain just doesn’t give the best performance. Make sure you don’t forget other aspects of your child’s well-being in the midst of cramming for examinations – they should stay physically active, get enough sleep, and eat nutritiously. Your child needs the proper amount of rest to be able to concentrate in school. Physical activity keeps the brain oxygenated, letting them maintain attention while studying, lose some stress and of course, boost their mood. Those who eat a healthy breakfast also see an enhanced academic performance, concentration and cognitive functioning. You’ll find that a child who is happy all around also excels better in academics.