Regardless of your child’s age, each new school year always brings mixed emotions and expectations. Everyone surely feels some excitement of a new beginning but it’s most often followed by concern as to how well the child will do at school and how much progress they’ll make.
Moreover, expectations are different: parents always hope for good grades and useful skills whereas kids typically just want to have some fun and get as least amount of homework as possible. It’s certainly challenging to balance out these expectations but it can be done so that your child improves their academic performance and prospects of a successful career later in life.
Create a daily routine and stick to it
One of the essential ingredients of your child's success in school is their parents' interest and involvement. Unfortunately, for many them, the biggest obstacle in finding time in their hectic daily schedules.
One solution lies in the creation of a daily timetable that includes homework and study time clearly stated with the time to relax, eat and unwind. These periods may vary and will depend on your child’s interest and your family’s rhythm but whatever you decide on, it’s essential you stay consistent so that you both can develop a healthy routine and stick to it.
Designate a working space
Having a designated work station can help kids focus better on their studies but this doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be rigid and insist on it being a desk. Some kids prefer doing their studying on their bed or on the floor as it allows them more freedom of movement, but it’s important there are no distractions.
What matters most is that they feel relaxed and comfortable in that space and that they have all their work material at hand, so even if it’s not a typical desk, all the books, pens, papers and notebook can be all stored in a portable box.
Establish ground rules
In order to develop a functioning system, you need to establish ground rules. To help your kids complete their duties and stay organised, there need to be rules and clear structure. It’s best you keep them posted in the open for everyone to see what their responsibilities are in any given moment and you can even resort to giving certain incentives for work well done – it could be a fun activity such as going to the park or the cinema, as well as reasonable repercussions if rules were broken.
Ask for professional help
A significant part of the support system for your child’s academic performance is recognising when it’s time to get professional guidance and assistance. Many American and Australian students during their middle and high school age admit they struggle with calculus, maths, chemistry and physics and if these are not your areas of expertise, it’s advisable to find help.
Don’t wait too long or for your child to ask for help, rather turn to maths tutoring experts who can offer their knowledge and expertise and by following the national curriculum, create individualized plans for your child’s needs and focus on achieving your desired goals.
It’s also very important to bear in mind your child’s age, interests and abilities so you can have realistic expectations which don’t necessarily have to mean just higher grades.
Encourage their curiosity
Children are naturally curious and it’s an important ingredient of their development. Encourage them to explore and step out of their comfort zones by trying out new things and learning more about those things that spark their imagination. It often happens that the choice of their future line of work comes gradually as they continue exploring their interests.
Sometimes it’s hard for teens to make up their minds about who they want to be and this is mostly due to the fact that their pre-frontal cortex, which is in charge of the decision making, is still developing during adolescence. That’s why it’s important you talk to your teenage kid about their interests in and out of school, encourage them to go wider and deeper in their passions and reassure them that if they go for one option now, it doesn’t mean they have to commit to it forever. Also, encourage them to test out their knowledge and skills in a part-time job so they can get a feel of the type of work they might enjoy in future.
With these tips, your constant support and a positive attitude towards your child's abilities and performance, you can expect great results and long-term success.