According to a recent survey, 23% of parents do their children’s homework for them as a result of the belief that they think that their children have ‘too much homework” or that it is “too difficult” for them. Nearly a quarter of parents nationwide tackle the queries of their children by doing the work for them. This means that that child cannot gain the full knowledge of the subject if it is done for them. Taking action with your child’s studies at home in a proactive way benefits them in the long run, and helps them to have a deeper understanding for the long run.
Here are 5 simple ways to take that extra step into helping your child’s studies:
According to OECD PISA 2009 Results: Learning to Learn, Children who read books at age 10, and more than once a week at age 16, gain higher maths results, vocabulary and spelling tests at age 16 than those who read less regularly. The benefits of reading fiction and nonfiction help your child to develop a more calculated way of thinking and broadens their vocab abilities significantly. A different way to enforce this could be by taking your child to the library or introducing them to book clubs. Making reading look as appealing as possible to your child is a must, so book clubs really help draw in the social aspect of reading yet sustains the focus of actually reading. Furthermore joining a book club improves your child’s literary criticism skills, which benefits them greatly for English based subjects.
Staying in contact with teachers
Making sure that as a parent you are in contact with your child’s teacher through the form of either a school planner, email, newsletters or parent-teacher conferences. Through teachers you can gain an understanding of what your child may be struggling with and what they need to improve on, you can also gain a look into what exactly is being taught and how you can use the subjects being taught at home with your child. Maintaining this parent-teacher relationship plays a focal role in how your child can progress and develop with their studies and by doing that it highlights the key reason as to why it is so important, as a significant change in the development of your child will increase as a result of this.
Helping your child prepare for tests and assessments
Tests and exams can be a very daunting period for your child, so that is why testing and equipping them through revision cards, quick fire questions and helpful prompts being left around the house can play a significant role in your child’s learning process. Revision for your child can seem like a drag, however transforming it into a fun quiz activity can help to make them learn it more efficiently at the same time as making them want to learn more. In addition to that, devising helpful prompts to lay around the house can help your child to constantly be reading that certain formula or fact, and is a really effective way of looking at something every day and having that integrated into your brain.
Invest in extracurricular/further education
A lot of work and time can be put into helping your child at home and it can be shown to be highly effective, however, as a parent, you may feel as though there is more that can be done for your child, things that may be out of a parent’s expertise. That is why extra tutoring and private lessons can really supply that extra boost for your child’s academic growth. Many private tutors can be found through your child’s school links and furthermore through the internet with online tutoring that can be efficient and affordable. Private tutoring is another way to gain that extra knowledge for your child that may not necessarily be taught in school and despite the fact that a lot of work can be done within the school, private tutoring has been proved to really show significant results.
Finally relaxation. This is a factor that is widely dismissed, especially with students, and parents play a very important role in ensuring that their child is relaxed and calm and not overstressed with their school workload. Furthermore according to Huffington Post, relaxation ‘boosts your memory’ and ‘helps you make better decisions’. Relaxation has long-term benefits, and it helps you to deal with any more school or exam stress that your child may be faced with in the future.