Additional Keys to Learning

KEYS FOR HELPING YOUR CHILD HAVE A SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL YEAR

 

1. Teach your child that learning is their ‘job.’

Children learn better when they find the subject matter interesting; however, they also need to know that they must also learn things that they don’t find particularly interesting. Help them understand that learning is their responsibility.

2. Aim high.

Parental expectations have a huge impact on student performance. If you expect your child to do well, your expectations will most likely be met.

3. Prioritize study time.

Encourage your child to work first and play second. A well-developed work ethic will result in a big pay-off. Children should also have regular study hours during which to complete their schoolwork. As the child gets older, this designated study time should get longer.

4. Provide a proper homework environment.

Be sure your child has all the tools needed to do his or her best – good lighting, necessary school supplies (paper, pencils, pens, calculators, computers, rulers, , etc.) and, most important, a quiet place to work.

5. Let them figure things out on their own.

Have your children think about problems at length before asking you for help. Remember that every time you tell a student an answer to a question, you have deprived that student of the opportunity to figure out the answer on his or her own. At the same time, it is appropriate to help a student who has made a true, but unsuccessful, effort to learn something without assistance.

6.  Have them go above and beyond.

Generally, the more students practice, the more thoroughly they learn and the more they retain. Parents who want to help their children succeed should encourage their kids to do more than the minimum.

7. Make learning a four-season endeavor.

School is out in the summer, but that should not mean that children should take three months off from learning. Summer is a good time for reviewing, for learning things that may not have been taught in school, for visiting the library and for trying to develop new intellectual skills, such as how to play games of strategy like chess or how to follow recipes carefully.