“Ask yourself, “How much better has my child scored than the last test?”
A lot of parents have this constant thought, where they want to know and monitor their child’s progress but don’t exactly know how to. The child might be brilliant outside the classroom but what are the stepping stones in his academic success?
If you are one of the parents worrying about the same, this blog is for you.
Say no to comparison
Theodore Roosevelt said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” By comparing our child to his siblings or other children, we run the risk of losing their self-confidence and motivation to achieve. By doing so, we increase stress levels in children. It can build a low-level self-esteem in them when they start to believe that everybody is better than them at school.
Make sure your child doesn’t feel pressured about academic goals. Instead, ask questions like, “ What could be the possible reasons for my child’s low performance in exams? What difficulties do they face? How can I help my child with the same?
Report Card progress
Report cards are like mirrors, they will reflect the subject where the child did not score well in. Make sure you study that well before questioning the child “why” is their grade low.
Most parents are caught up with work and other commitments, barely having any time for the child. They sign the report cards and then wonder why their grades are low. Inquiring about your child’s academic progress from the class teacher at school about where my child is weak and how it can be improvised would be resourceful.
Comparing the reports annually is also one way to note which specific subjects need more attention.
Communicate with the Class Teachers
Children spend most of their school time in a class, where they are constantly monitored by their teacher. Teacher’s are known to be a child’s second parent. Communicate with your child’s class teacher to know how their class performance is, if they behave well and do well with presentations, class work and group activities. Make sure you study the loophole well so that it becomes easier for you to assist them with their journey onto better academic learning.
Make a to-do list for children
A number of times it happens that a child is smarter at studies but lacks time management skills. What can be done at such a time? Make a to-do list for them to follow. Help them with planning their day and setting milestones to achieve.
Allow children to study, learn, rest and participate in their academic studies actively at the tip of the clock. Checking their assignments and homework from time to time can be a bonus!
Balance between extra curricular activities and academics
Skill development and non-academic learning can be coined as an important part of growing up! Balanced learning is as important as a balanced diet.
The right time to learn, study and play can be allotted, which will make them aware of how time is managed, how to complete learning, preparing for tests, sports and other activities on the tip of time.
Leadership skills and the child
“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”
Children are considered too young to carry out any task, most of it is done by the adults around them, which eventually makes them dependent. Break the cycle, make sure you allow them to plan their academic calendar by themselves. It will motivate them to take up the responsibility for their own grades and academic performance.
Guide them with the tips and tricks on how to plan their day. Also, self-analysis and planning is not only interesting but also helps to sharpen leadership skills indirectly.