5 Tips for Parents to Encourage Studying

  1. Be interesting

    Kids generally learn more from the examples their parents set than the rules that they propose. So, if you would like your child to study more, study something yourself. Whether it’s keeping reading current, delving into classics, showing your child how accounting works in the home, how algorithms play out in your professional work, or even just a hobby interest in roller-coaster mechanics–be interesting. Cultivate learned habits that show your child learning matters to you, even outside of school. That helps give school a purpose.

  2. Be interested

    Take an interest in your child’s schedule, the classes she picked or must take, how she likes them and how she’s performing in them. This needn’t be overbearing; your interest tells your child that you care. Courses become more meaningful when he knows that his day matters to you for its own sake, and your interest is more likely to reinforce learning as a priority in his life.

  3. Create Accountability

    If junior is lackadaisical in his work or simply forgets, you can set some gentle consequences in place. Designate a time for work for each class. Have her show you assignments and online syllabi. Reward completed work. Something as simple as a movie together or a small dessert can reinforce the positivity of dedication to learning. It’s okay move gradually here. If completion is a problem, then start by rewarding finished work. Once a baseline is established, you can slowly up the ante for quality and effort.

  4. Connect Learning to a Child’s Strengths

    Does she love Star Wars? Does he play on the soccer team? Whatever your child loves can be connected to branches of learning. Math can reveal the physics of balls in motion. English literature can shed light on themes that show up in Star Wars. Examples tuned-in to subjects and ideas he already enjoys have a chance to gain traction and make learning fun, while expanding his understanding of both.

  5. Love Unconditionally

    All parents want to see their children succeed in school. But life crops up sometimes; and everyone struggles in some areas. Make sure your child knows that you love her regardless of her test outcome. Working with a tutor can be a way to help a child develop skills and confidence in himself so that learning can benefit him as a person. True success comes from knowing oneself and one’s abilities and applying these to the task at hand. When the value of the child comes first, confidence, then results follow.

 

Written by Stephanie P., Novastar Prep Writing Tutor

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