When it comes to your child’s education, you are his most important teacher and tutor. It is your job not to force him, but to motivate him into learning, developing different cognitive skills and brain functions. Low academic performance is, according to a 2013 study published in J Sch Health , linked to malnutrition, obesity, insufficient sleep, watching too much TV and physical inactivity. Get involved in your children’s school education, provide them a possibility of having regular and healthy habits and routines. Here are some tips to motivate your child into moving forward.
The first, foremost and most important thing. Help your child improve reading skills and critically assess the reading material. They say that in the first couple of years we learn to read, and spend the rest of our lives reading to learn. Read with him, encourage him to read out loud and make try to make it interesting. Your child will make fast improvements if it is fun. There is no way to list all the aspects of proficient reading importance.
Teaching your child to be responsible and independent from a young age is invaluable. You actually teach him to take care and think for himself, and also be reliable and honest towards others. Make him clear that his actions produce reactions, and he has to take responsibility towards his own. Explain to him that homework should be finished on time, and that he should not go to a class unprepared.
Otherwise, your child might not accept his weaknesses as he accepts his strengths. So, try to avoid comparisons because each of us are different, and better at some things than in others. Accept and acknowledge both his strengths and weaknesses, that will make him more self-confident and realistic.
Enough outdoor activities and exercising, quality sleep cycles and healthy nutrition will help your child with his academic success. Limit the amount of time spent on playing video games, using the computer and watching low-quality TV programs. Provide a protein rich breakfast every morning, and make his diet diverse and rich in vitamins and minerals.
Socializing boosts one’s brain performance. Having your child studying with other motivated students is good, because it provides positive peer influence. Exchanging opinions, or preparing together and exchanging history, biology or chemistry notes for the HSC will motivate your child to give his best at learning and focusing on important goals.
Your child should have his own place to study at home, as he has his own table at school. He should have enough room, plenty of supplies (paper, notebooks, pens, calculators, and such), and lots of light. They should feel more relaxed and have more fun while completing homework in that designated space. If your child does not have his own room, or it is too small – the kitchen counter or living room table will do the trick just as well.
Ask your child about their day, what happened new, how do they feel when in classroom and what are his classmates like? Make that talk as a kind of outlet for your child’s disappointments, anxieties, excitements. Talk about what is that he likes or does not like, praise her efforts and accomplishments, give advice and help when some problems emerge.
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