“Why are we talking about improved results now that the session just started? That’s because little drops of water make a mighty ocean. Little efforts put together make the amazing results we all celebrate.
A lot of times, some parents complain about their children’s poor results. I have heard some parents say, “I make sure he starts reading immediately after the exam’s timetable is released”, and I totally understand where they are coming from. In today’s blog, we will be talking extensively about the little things you can do as a parent to help your child improve at school!
- Prioritise Assignments:
Assessments are as important as tests and exams, if not even more. This is because they give you some insight into what is being taught at school, the teaching method, and if your child is truly learning.
For example, if your child comes back home with homework on addition, and they don’t know how to do it on their own, you immediately know that something is wrong. Instead of waiting until tests and exams, assess your child as often as possible. With a Gradely subscription, your child can take daily assessments in their core subjects every day, and you can monitor their daily improvement. Click here to sign up and get started for free.
Doing school homework & assessments on Gradely will also give your child more opportunities to practice their schoolwork outside the school environment. Don’t forget to take their mini-projects, and CA/mid-term tests seriously as well.
- Study times should start way before exam time:
Back to my opening statement, some parents believe it is fine to wait till exams are very close before they intensify the way their child reads. On the contrary, this sets your child up for anxiety, exam fever, & rushed preparation, which can be very ineffective.
However, if things are done appropriately, by the time exams are close, studying should be a lifestyle for your child. This means that without mounting pressure or continuous reminders that the exams are fast approaching, they will get ready. Waiting for exams to start is similar to overloading a machine. They can not take all the data in at once.
Also, take the time to understand their learning style & mindset. This will help you know what kind of resources would be best for them to study with. The goal is not to force them to study, but to help them love learning so much, that they fall in love with studying too. If they’re visual learners, you know to get more graphical illustrations and videos for them to learn with. If they are kinesthetic learners, then practicals & outdoor experiments work best. Studying doesn’t always mean burying their head in books, especially when it is not effective.
- Create an effective support system for them at home:
First, remember that you as their parent are the first support they need. When I was younger, my mum was a huge fan of helping me prepare for exams. We would have random pop quizzes everywhere in the house, and even revise together. She would randomly just throw a question at me, on topics we have treated, and I would attempt to give an answer. We would go back and forth like that until she was satisfied. It is very important that your child sees that you are making efforts to help them get better. Be there, ask questions, study with them, be friends with their teacher in school, and do not assume that they have it all figured out.
Improvement isn’t one to creep up on you. It takes a lot of intentional effort and taking the right steps at the right time. At Gradely, your child’s all-around improvement is our priority. Click here to book a free academic counselling session and get started with us today!
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