Recent research has discovered that the more involved a parent is in their child’s academic journey, the higher the chances the child will perform well in school. Children thrive when they are provided with a supportive environment, and usually seek ways to feel validated. So, if their parents are involved with their studies, they are likely to try harder as an attempt to impress. What’s more, having support at home will make it easier for a child to overcome any hurdles they are faced with, with regards to both their schoolwork and any personal battles. Regardless of the reason why parental involvement can improve a child’s performance, it’s crucial that parents acknowledge the research and do their best to help their children where possible. I have teamed up with a prep school in the South West to provide the following guidance.
An easy way to become more involved in your child’s learning is to ensure you are available during homework sessions. A child who can ask for help when they get stuck is more likely to persevere and complete the task than a child who is struggling and has no-one around to guide them. Of course, it’s not wise to answer the questions on your child’s behalf, as the teachers won’t know that they struggled. Instead, try and help them by explaining the question in a different way or doing some research together to find the answers. If you can’t be available to your child when they’re doing their homework, due to work or other commitments, perhaps consider hiring a private tutor to help in your absence. What’s more, ensure your child has a suitable desk space set up where they can complete their homework. This space should be neat and organised, and certainly free from distractions, with all of the necessary stationery and study guides.
Attending parents’ evenings and other school events is another sure-fire way to demonstrate to your child that you have an active interest in their school performance. Where possible, you should even arrange to catch-up with your child’s teacher regularly throughout the year so that you can monitor their progress. The two of you can work together to resolve any problems so that your child is able to reach their full potential. If they are struggling with any of their lessons, you could ask the teacher if there are any revision clubs during lunch breaks or after school that your child could attend, which is especially useful in the run up to exams. The teacher will also be able to advise you on any age-appropriate learning resources that you could look into at home.
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