In the previous blog we listed a few tips to help your child in their school work and studying. In this blog we will continue to overview practical ways to be of support to your son/daughter.
- Try something different
It is important to remember that for some children, studying is not easy. One may also note that not every subject is learnt in the same manner. When it is difficult for your son/daughter to understand something, try to use everyday things to explain it better. Furthermore, whenever possible, make it fun, for example by using colours, music, flash cards, playing games and quizzes and acting in role plays.
- Be there and check things out
You can’t do your son/daughter’s homework, but be there and make sure they are doing it! You may help if and when you can, but remember that they will not learn if they don’t think for themselves and make their own mistakes. It is however essential that one checks the work at the end of the day, in order to make sure that all has been done.
Although these practical pointers are essential in helping your child study, it is important to conclude by highlighting the importance of recognition. Recognising your son/daughter’s achievements affects their self-worth. Focus on what your child does right and encourage the good things done, as this will inspire them to do better. Try not to be too negative, but always keep in mind that too much recognition for everything will lose its worth.
Ann Julene Hili is a Career Guidance Practitioner with Willingness. She specializes in working with teens and young adults who are in their educational and career transitions. She can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org.