20 Ways to Help Your Child Improve Their Grades at School
It’s every parents desire to see their children thriving academically. We want them to grow up and have great financially sound careers. Most of such careers are achievable only through academic success. However, sometimes children may not do so well at school. Their grades may go down and leave us wondering what happened. As a good parent, you look for ways to help your child/children bounce back academically. Below are 20 ways that show you how to help your child/children improve their grades at school.
1) Talk to your child/children
Be a parent that your child is not be afraid to talk to. Spent time with your child and talk to them. Children tend to open up when they feel comfortable. Find out why their grades are flopping and together look for ways in which to improve them. Find out your child’s favorite and least favorite subjects and look for clever fun ways to get your child to start liking even their least favorite subjects.
2) Stay Positive
By focusing on the positive, you will encourage your child to pull up their socks. Sometimes punishing them for bad grades can lead them to start lying and could hinder them from opening up to you. Remember, only when they fully open up to you can the problem be clearly detected and corrected.
3) Send Your Child to School Ready to Learn
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Make sure your child is well fed everyday before school. It will help them concentrate better at school.
4) Teach Them Organisational Skills
Teaching your child how to be organised is an important skill. This will enable them to keep track on books that they have read and those that they are yet to read. It will help them not to forget completing any unfinished homework.
5) Take School Attendance Very Seriously
Make sure your child goes to school on every school day not unless they have a good reason not to. Children with good school attendance generally tend to learn more and do better in school.
6) Get Them a Tutor
There are many sites online where you can get a tutor for your child at a reasonable price. Tutors majorly concentrate on problem areas in each subject hence helping your child’s performance to improve.
7) Review Homework Together
Going through your child’s daily homework with them and answering suitable questions will help them to become better in problem subjects.
8) Online School Work
There are many sites online that deal with school work for children of different ages. If you feel that your child is not getting enough homework from school, you may have a look at some online sites. I have tried uk.ixl.com and it’s brilliant.
9) Make Study Time Fun
Children generally tend to get bored easily. By introducing some fun activities during study time can help them concentrate better.
10) Establish Good Study Habits
By being persistent as a parent and making sure your child does homework daily no matter how little will set them on a good path. Some children tend to forget some topics that they learn if they don’t practise often. Practise indeed does make perfect.
11) Buy Them Homework Books
Amazon has great books on various subjects for children. Once again, if you feel that your children aren’t getting enough work from school, you can supplement that by buying appropriate books.
12) Use Skill Builder Worksheets
Skill builder worksheets will help you determine the subjects your child finds tough and help them to understand them better.
13) Listen and Connect to The Teachers
Remember that the teachers have taken their time to know your child well and they can easily identify problem areas. Listening to them attentively and discussing with them better ways to help your child improve will go a long way. It’s important never to miss parents and teachers evenings where possible because the teachers will openly let you know of your child’s progress.
14) Link Learning to The Real World
By connecting your child’s study topics to the real world can help them to understand the importance of studying them. For instance: we use math every day to calculate our money.
15) Help Them to set Goals
Helping your kids to set realistic goals can encourage them to keep doing better. For instance: if they get a C in Math, help them work towards getting a B. When they get to their set goals, they will only want to keep getting better.
16) Have Realistic Expectations
You don’t expect a C student to suddenly become an A student. Showing your child that the highest goal is achievable but still appreciating every little progress and improvement will take lots of pressure off them and encourage them to keep aiming higher.
17) Encourage Extra Curricular Activities
Kids that take part in extra curricular activities tend to enjoy school more and generally have greater academic success.
18) Limit Screen Time
Early data from a landmark National Institutes of Health (NIH) study that began in 2018 indicates that children who spent more than two hours a day on screen-time activities scored lower on language and thinking tests, and some children with more than seven hours a day of screen time experienced thinning of the brain’s cortex, the area of the brain related to critical thinking and reasoning.
That discovery is shocking! Try limiting the time your child is on video games, iPad and even watching the telly daily.
19) Consider Other Factors Affecting Grades
Factors like puberty, bullying, language barrier or a learning disorder for children who are dyslexic can all contribute to poor grades at school. By talking and understanding your child, you can discover the factors contributing to their lack of academic prowess.
20) Reward Them for Their Efforts
Rewarding children for every effort however small will give them the motivation to keep getting better.
Always offer positive encouragement and let your child know that you are there to help them every step of the way. Praise them for every effort and let them know that you have faith in their abilities. You are your child’s greatest inspiration to helping them become a better version of themselves.
Below are some Amazon links where you can get some homework books if need be.