4 Tricks to Help Your Kid Get Better at School
One of the first things I decided to do once the school year started was to meet my child’s teacher. I never understood the importance of getting involved in my child’s learning until I started to notice that my child isn’t as enthusiastic about school as he used to be. To help out, I decided to get in touch with his teacher and talk to her about his grades. While most of my friends with kids waited until the parent-teacher conference to meet the teacher, I knew that I couldn’t wait that long. I went to her, and she informed about his progress and also told me what it is that he’s struggling with so that I know how I can help. I also made it clear that if any problems should arise, she should tell me about it.
Other than that, I also did my best to designate an area where he can learn in peace. It can get quite noisy in our home (or any home with kids for that matter), but I tried to create a study area, a tiny portion of a room where he can focus and not get distracted by the noise coming from the living room. The thing is, I wanted to make sure he did his homework regularly, which is why I set up a learning corner and helped him create a schedule. When he gets back from school, he knows when it’s time to study and when he can play. Truth be told, he doesn’t like doing his homework (like most kids), but I always check up on him and emphasize the importance of revising.
Although I tried to be there for him and assist with anything he didn’t quite understand, there were some things he needed help with more often. I took the teacher’s words seriously when she told me he was having trouble with math. Back when I was a child, I also found it hard to learn math, so that didn’t really come as a surprise. However, I wanted him to try his best and get the support he needed. Since I couldn’t teach him math (it’s not my strong point), I decided to give it a shot and try online tutoring to see if he can get his grades up. Turns out, it was a great decision since he made so much progress and I noticed he started to catch up in the classroom. This has also helped him gain some confidence, which made me really happy.
Another thing I did is I tried my best to be a good role model. I know kids are influenced by their parents’ actions, so I tried to there for him whenever I could and I’ve always initiated conversations about school when he got back. After he realized how interested I was in everything they were doing at school, he began to tell me more and was eager to engage in a conversation as soon as he walked through the door. Of course, we share both the good and not-so-good moments at school – he knows that it’s okay to tell me if he’s got a bad grade because we’ll work together and fix that. I also tried to connect everything he learned in class with a real-life situation and showed him how he can utilize his knowledge. I think that in particular made him realize how everything he learns can be applied in life, which made him understand why he’s learning all those different subjects at school.
So even though we had some rough time (he was unmotivated, and I was stressed out), we managed to overcome these issues. If you’re going through the same thing with your kid, I advise you do the same as I did to help them get better. Good luck!