How can Parents help
If the thought of having to explain Geometry over the kitchen table terrifies you because you honestly don’t remember Pythagoras’ Theorem then don’t worry, you are not alone ! There are quite a few simple things to you can do to ensure that your kids have the best
- Create a plan
At the beginning of the year or term, work with your child to outline what both of your expectations and goals are for the upcoming year. This should include long-term and short-term goals, an example of a long-term goals would be having a 5% higher year average, while a short-term goal could be completing every assignment or being able to recite the full twelve timetables off by heart if your child is in the younger days.
- Now formulate a routine
Routines can never be undermined for the amazing source of support and structure that they provide within people’s lives. By your child knowing that every Monday after school they need to come home and do homework for an hour before chess practice, they are learning to prioritize their schedule an essential skill for everyday life.
- Create a zone
Make sure that wherever your kid is they actually are learning and that they are not being bombarded with distractions such as TV, siblings eager to play or temptations such as their favorite PlayStation game. While some kids are able to study on their own in their bedrooms, others need to sit at the dining room table, however you should encourage your child to voice their opinion on where they feel most comfortable.
- Watch to make sure your kids aren’t overloaded
There is a current movement against giving children too much unsolicited homework, which is more for the teacher to mark than it is for the child to learn and improve from. This is known as busywork and you should ensure that your child is not just having endless tasks thrown at them, just so the teacher can have something to mark.
- Recognise the need for further assistance
There are certain things that only teachers or individuals skilled at that topic can explain, maybe not in elementary or middle school but when advanced Maths rears its head, you might want to consider going for extra lessons with his teacher or even just watching lots of YouTube videos on the subject and taking help of revision applications like TabbieMath that can give you plenty of exercises to boost confidence.
- Don’t do the work for them
This cannot be stressed enough, in fact, if it is the only thing you take away from this page it’s that you should not be doing your child’s work for them. Your children are fully capable of mastering the work handed to them, yes you may and most probably should help, but you are not required to write the essay, or think up the ideas, however a little bit of proofreading never hurt anybody.