Parenting

How to Improve Your Child’s Academic Performance

Discipline and hard work are required to improve your child’s academic performance. Our children pick up many habits by watching us. So we need to take care of ourselves first if we have great expectations from our children. Some children are born with certain abilities, which others need to be taught. Most of our children depend on us, their parents, for growth and success in life. So we have the added pressure of training our children to help them achieve their goals in life.

Dedicate a Space for Studying

Create a space or choose a place where they only do academic work. In this way, you create a dynamic in which the place is associated with work and so their productivity increases. If they feel the need to worry or procrastinate by socializing, surfing the net, or writing letters, then have them leave that place so that it does not become associated with putting off work.

Help Them to Be Process-Oriented

Children should focus more on studying in order to be able to answer questions rather than be obsessed with GPA. If they don’t know the answers, they will not do well.

Deal With Setbacks in Studies

Don’t be harsh towards your children if they don’t do well on exams. Talk to them and find out what their problem is. If you can’t solve their problems, take your children to a counselor or discuss the issue with some other parents who you think could be of help.

When your child makes a mistake when answering a question in class or does poorly on an exam, there is the temptation to tell friends how badly he did or to ruminate on the error. Advise him to forget the errors because what is done cannot be undone and by speaking and think of errors he would be rehearsing his errors. So tell him to rehearse success instead. Tell him or her to focus on how she or he can do better next time.

Deal With Anxiety

During exams, make sure to drop them off in time at school. Advise them to relax and not discuss questions. When children are surrounded by people who are preparing for exams or papers, such as during midterms or final exams, excessive anxiety can spread like wildfire among t he students. Students become anxious, not because they need to be, but because everybody else is anxious.

Tell Your Children to Do the Following

1. Acknowledge their anxiety and help them to make light of it as a way to distance himself;
2. Sit somewhere else and revise lessons or just relax a bit away from the crowd; and
3. Priorities should be clarified to avoid getting caught in less-than-productive study strategies.

Tell Your Children to Exercise Regularly

Body weight is an indication of the child’s health. Underweight and overweight children usually do not do well because they don’t have the energy to work effectively towards achievement. Exercise increases concentration in studies. To start with, take your children along with you for walk, to the gym, etc. Involve your children in household chores so that they learn multitasking.

Take Care of Your Children’s Diet

Diet is very important for growing children and you as well. A good diet ensure energy to enjoy work. So take care that you and your children have a balanced diet.

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