It’s no surprise that your child’s success at school starts at home. Recent studies have even shown that poor academic performance can indicate a shortage of sleep, poor nutrition and lack of support. Fortunately, these studies also show that kids that have stable routines, good habits and regular communication had higher grades and excelled at school. Here at Tutor Doctor, we know how important it is to parents that they help their kids succeed in any way they can. Follow these five tips and watch your child thrive.
The most important tip of all is to take an interest in your child’s school life and academic progress. Basic routines such as checking their homework or even helping them out with an assignment really shows them that you care about their studies and how they are performing. It’s also a great idea to reach out to your kid’s teachers too- don’t be afraid to stay in contact by phone or email and organise meetings as and when necessary. This not only provides you with the perfect opportunity to ask questions and discuss any of your concerns, it also means their teachers will feel more comfortable contacting you if they need to. Best of all, your child will feel as though they’re not alone on their educational journey.
A simple way to support your child’s efforts at school is by expecting them to succeed. This certainly doesn’t mean that they need to be the best at everything or top of the class in all their subjects! Instead, let your child know that what really counts is that they try and do their best and work hard so that they can reach their goals and feel proud of their achievements. Creating clear expectations also provides a home environment that promotes learning, which will help your child become the best student they can be.
Have a Clear Routine
Implementing daily structures and routines is key when it comes to your kids thriving at school. It not only helps them organise their days, but ensures they stay on track, have enough time to complete their schoolwork and have some fun too! Even though all routines will differ slightly, having a homework routine built into each day is crucial when it comes to academic success. An hour or two straight after school can be a great time for kids to finish assignments as they are still in a great frame of mind for studying. Even if your child doesn’t have any homework, encourage them to set aside time each day to review their assignments or perhaps start doing some research for an upcoming project.
Read, Read, Read!
Reading every day is a fantastic way for your child to learn without even realising it! The more your child reads, the more opportunities they have to broaden their horizons and spark their interest in learning. Remember to give them plenty of opportunities to read out loud to you- perhaps even encourage a chapter a night before bed time. Reading really is the gateway to success, especially at school- so encourage your child to read, read and read some more!
Getting enough sleep
Getting enough sleep is crucial for any child as it allows their brains to rest and recharge. Lack of sleep can have a huge impact on your child’s concentration, motivation and performance at school, which can in turn affect academic success. Making sure that they get at least 8-9 hours a night will really make all the difference. Not only will your kids feel more energized when they wake up, they will be in the right frame of mind for a full day of learning and more! For more information about why sleep is so important for your child, check out our post here.