14 Ways parents can do to help children study better
2 weeks ago Dustin Kim Comments Off on 14 Ways parents can do to help children study better
We often see parents most of the time are more dedicated than students to do better in school. Although eventually it really depends on the students to discipline themselves or find some ways to get interested with the subjects, parents can always do something that can help them study better and score the test. Below are 14 ways that you can do to smooth your kids’ learning process:
- Set up a study area that is free of distraction like TV or people talking in the living room. Make sure the area is well lit, not only this protects the vision, but also helps focus. Put the necessary supplies on the table should they come in handy.
- Set a regular time-table that decides what and when it should be done. Study have clearly shown that students who establish a regular routine are better organized and, as result, more successful.
- Set school work as the top priority before watching TV, before hanging out with friends, before anything.
- Make children cultivate reading a habit, and you should do the same. Kids will observe your action, and mimic you. Imagine what will happen when you tell them watching TV is a waste of time while you yourself being a couch potato.
- Swicth off the TV, or at least strictly limit the watching time. Remember the second rule, keep up a routine. This may be the toughest suggestion to enforce.
- Have a conversation with the teacher. Ask them what your kids should really be learning. If you don’t know the books they are supposed to be reading, and how much home work they should be scheduling, you can’t really give them the help they need.
- Give encouragement and motivation. But i don’t mean nag the hell out of them. It won’t work this way. The more you insist, the quicker they will tune you out.
- Supervise their homework ( Not doing for them ). Checking (i.e., proof reading ) a paper, for example, is a positive way to help your child at school. But if you simply put in correction without your child learning from her mistakes, you are not helping her at all..except in a belief that she is not responsible for her own work.
- Praise them when they succeed, but don’t overdo it for mediocre work. Kids know when you are being insincere and, again, will quickly tune you out.
- Tell them the reality. At some point in our life we will come to a realization that the real world doesn’t really about our grades, but will measure us by what we actually capable of doing. It is never too early to (carefully) let them learn that life is not fair.
- If your financial situation allows it, buy a good personal computer and all the software needed )like Microsoft office or something). Your kids, whatever their ages, absolutely must be computer savvy in order to survive in and after school. Studies have shown that kids who master technology always step one step ahead others who don’t.
- Turn off the TV already!
- Get wired. Unless you have been living inside a cave over the past decades, you should know that the Internet is the greatest invention of the century, a new giant digital library, and provides lots of unimaginably useful, handy tools. It is impossible for a college student to succeed without the ability to surf the web. The sooner they get connected the better.
- But turn off IM (Instant Messaging or Facebook) while doing homework. They will attempt to convince you that they can write a term paper, do their geometry homework, and IM their friends at the same time. Parents who believe this have also been persuaded that the best study area is in front of the TV.
Students sometimes just need a little kick behind to get started. By applying the techniques above, it goes a long way in aiding children to achieve the study goal.