- Is your child not doing well enough in school?
- Is this giving you a lot of sleepless nights?
- Do you ever wish there was a way you could be of help?
If so, you’re not alone. And fortunately, you can help your kid improve in her studies and sleep well at night – it’s a lot easier than you think.
Here are the top 5 ways you can help your child to improve in her studies:
1. Encourage Your Child To Study And Learn
Oftentimes, parents ask their child whether or not they have completed their study for the day and they are usually satisfied when the child answers in affirmation.
But the truth is, studying shouldn’t be enough, you need to ensure that your child has also learned the lesson. Quizzing your child is one simple and effective way you can use to confirm this. Quiz her same day after she has completed her study, quiz her again after a few days and again after a week.
There is no point in the child studying only to forget what she has studied. Bear in mind that later in life, her employers would be more concerned about the skills and knowledge she can offer rather than the certificates she has.
2. Teach Her To Reason Before Seeking Help
Each time you give an answer to a child without asking her to reason first, you deny that child the opportunity of making use of her brain.
But if after she has made an effort she is still unable to figure out the answer, you can come to her aid.
This instills a sense of inquisitiveness in her.
3. Teach Her To Understand What She Reads
Most children only read without comprehending what they’ve read.
To help her understand what she read, make it mandatory for her to understand a paragraph before moving to the next one. The truth is, she can’t perfectly understand the next paragraph without having a thorough grasp of the previous paragraph.
A good way to develop better comprehension skills is to develop an outline of what she has read and taken notes under each outline. You can have her try out this suggestion.
It has been proven that the use of outlines and taking notes improves comprehension and makes students better prepared when they have to write examinations.
4. Provide Her With The Right Home Study Tools
The most important home study tool is a quiet place with good lighting where she can study, hence, make sure she has a quiet place within the house with good lighting.
Apart from the place of study, these tools are also important; a computer, school supplies (such as mathematical set, paper clips, calculators, and pens), a desk and a chair.
If she is a science student, an online science textbook wouldn’t be out of order.
5. Engage Them During Summer
Your child doesn’t have to take three months off just because school is out in the summer.
You can use the summer period to review, make use of the library, browse and learn new skills that will improve their intellect. Playing games that involve strategy is one way to improve their intellect. Chess, checkers or backgammon are examples of such games.
Encouraging her to study and learn will not only serve her at the moment, it will also help her later in life. Teaching her to reason before asking for help will improve curiosity.
A proper comprehension will help her with her written exams and with the right tools she has nothing that will impede her studies at home. When she is engaged with learning intellectual skills in the summer, she resumes school with improved mental sharpness.
Start putting these methods to use starting today and with time, you will notice a marked improvement in your kids’ studies.