Student life is complicated for both children and parents. Everyone wants their kids to succeed, but there is a very thin line between encouraging and pressuring. There are many ways to make good academic performance a priority without damaging your child’s psyche.
These studying tips should be helpful to parents of middle and high schoolers.
Dreams and Plans
Many parents complain that they don’t really know what is going on in their children’s minds. I hate to be cruel, but this is their own fault. Ask your child who they want to become in future. Of course, asking a five-year-old would probably yield you nothing but a stereotypical “astronaut.” Instead, try to have this talk when you kid becomes a teenager. Then, turn their dream into a detailed, realistic plan. No idea is too wild. Children can achieve a lot if only they are given enough support.
Create S.M.A.R.T. Goals Together
Goals like “become the coolest race car driver ever” are not only unrealistic, they are also too vague. To make sure that the goals you are working on are serious, check them through the SMART checklist – Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Relevant, and Time-bound. Make sure all your goals, especially the short-term ones, have deadlines, so your child does not slack off.
Make Action Plans
Action plans are among the best study strategies modern pedagogy has to offer. They are also very fun to make. Dedicate an evening to compiling lists of doable actions, such as reading fifty pages each day or spending an hour more on complicated subjects. Make sure that the progress can be easily tracked.
Dedicate some time each week to talk about the child’s successes and failures. Encourage them to come up with ways to improve. They are far more likely to go through with an idea if they thought about it themselves.
This is one of the most important pieces of advice anyone can give you. A child needs to feel loved and appreciated to know that they are on the right track. It doesn’t matter whether a reward is something physical and valuable or just a hug and a few kind words.
Follow these studying tips to make sure that your children are properly inspired to be successful in whatever they choose to do when they grow up.