Maybe you were an A-grade student when growing up and doing homework and projects came easy to you. Maybe, when the teacher explained a new topic, you were one of the few students that got it the first time around. Maybe doing well in all subjects came naturally to you and you expect the same academic excellence from your child.
But, it’s important to know that all children have different learning abilities and they all learn at their own pace. Even if your child doesn’t have the best grades, you can instill good study habits in them that will gradually improve their learning skills.
- Offer them help.
Many times, the reason why kids are having trouble getting started with their assignment or project is because they simply don’t know how to do it. It can be easily overlooked that kids just don’t know how to study or how to organize their backpacks or take notes. Lend them your assistance, help them where they are struggling and offer your support whenever they need it. Understanding their challenges can help you identify ways to help improve their study habits.
- Encourage independent learning.
As important as it is to offer them your help when they are struggling, it is equally important to make them independent learners. Encourage your children to focus on their strengths and let them be independent when they are capable of doing tasks on their own. This will help build confidence which is essential for learning.
- Set up a study space and time.
Kids learn best when they have a structured routine and a set place where they can focus on being productive. The place should be quiet and free of distractions so they can fully concentrate on their studies. And, it works well to make it ‘study time’ at a similar time every day so kids are mentally prepared for it. It is important for children to learn that important tasks in daily life need to be prioritized and should have a set time within the day’s schedule.
- Have a growth mindset.
Your child’s development and mental health depends on your interaction and input so, it is essential to guide your child and let them know that failures, including bad grades and remarks will happen from time to time. Teach them that feedback and constructive criticism are necessary to help them grow and if they keep working hard, they will see improvement in their results.
- Make learning fun.
Learning in the traditional sense while sitting at a desk with textbooks can become quite boring and monotonous so expect resistance from your child if they are getting bored.
Instead, try using technology and games to make learning more fun. If your child dreads doing homework, you can try attempting the same concept through a fun game-based option. With internet access, you can learn anything at any time and at any place so use that to your advantage. Added bonus is children will become familiar with using online resources which is key to their success in school and in life.
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Internationally Recognised Emotional Literacy & Mindfulness Expert Tenille Bentley is the founder of The Emotional Literacy and Mindfulness Academy and the author of the children’s emotional literacy books with Jazzy and Pinky and The Energy Ball. Giving children a wonderful introduction to understanding their emotions and what to do with them.
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As a child, she experienced severe anxiety and emotional traumas as well as bullying which left her feeling isolated and unable to understand why she was feeling the way she did. As an adult, this impacted her ability to make healthy decisions because she didn’t have the tools to understand her emotions.
This is why she is passionate about equipping parents with the tools to support their children to make better decisions in life and healthy ones to help support and create a balanced home life.