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Rhee Helliwell | Aug 30, 2016

Going Back to School With a Positive Attitude

Categories: Education, Children, Tips, Performance

The summer break is over, which means it’s time for your children to head back to school. For some kids, school- with its strict teachers and never ending mountain of homework, can mean they dread going back in the classroom. Here at Tutor Doctor we know how far a positive attitude goes, especially when it comes to getting the most out of education. That’s why we’ve put together some ways you can promote a positive attitude towards school and help your kids gain enthusiasm and a passion for learning. Back to school will be a breeze!

Set an example

Children often adopt attitudes held by adults they look up to- yes that means you! This means it’s vital to set a great example and become their role model! A great place to start is by expressing an interest in your kid’s academic experiences. Spend time discussing classes, checking homework, helping with big projects and offering tips for studying and revision. If your kids can see that you consider school a priority- they will too, and will be more likely to adopt a positive attitude.

Praise, praise and praise some more!

Positive reinforcement is a great technique to help your kids sculpt an enthusiastic attitude towards school. Offering verbal praise and recognition for good grades and trying their best helps your child create a connection between academic effort and desirable outcomes. Not only should this improve their attitude towards school, but also mean they put in maximum effort!

Talk about what your child dislikes about school

A great way to help your child have a positive attitude towards school is by talking through all the things they dislike or fear. Maybe they’re scared about failing their exams or they find a particular subject really tricky. Whatever the problem, there is always a solution- make sure they remember that. If they are struggling, why not suggest a private tutor once a week to get their grades up. If they’re scared of not doing well in upcoming exams, help them create a revision schedule and encourage them to stick to it. By identifying their worries and discussing solutions together, it’s bound to help them feel more enthusiastic and develop a can-do, positive attitude!  

Help them visualise success

Helping your child visualise being successful in their studies is a great way for them to get focused but also be positive about school! Start by getting them to set academic goals and imagining themselves succeeding. Do they see themselves heading to University? Encourage them to order some brochures and start thinking about where they can see themselves fitting in! Maybe they want to achieve an A in their science project. Help them imagine their finished project and explain to you why it’s going to stand out? Visualising being successful is a really easy way to motivate your kids as well as help them realise that they can do anything they set their mind to. This is sure to make them feel positive, excited to get back in the classroom and start achieving their goals and beyond!