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How to Help your Child Become a Better Student

Updated on April 2, 2015

Be Proactive When it Comes To Your Child's Education

Most of our children spend the majority of their weekdays in the classroom, without their parents. Many of these days are packed with learning exercises and projects we know nothing about, and our children are expected to behave and learn at a certain level. It can be intimidating for many young kids and with the growing size of our classrooms they often don't get the one on one attention that is needed to excel in school. That's where we as parents come in.

Every child is different, and every child learns differently. This what makes it so tough for our schools, with little money to hire teachers' and other staff members, many teachers are overwhelmed and find it hard to accommodate the different learnng demands of our children. Luckil,y as a parent, you can help your child be a better student.

Ways to Help your Child.

Get involved. Whether you volunteer in the classroom, join the PTA (Parent Teacher Association), offer to help on field trips or other activities, your children will recognize your involvement and this helps him/her appreciate school. You can also see what is going on in your child's world when they are away from you. You can connect with teachers and open up the communication about your child's strengths and weaknesses.

Reward your child for effort. When your child does well in school and/or does their best, recognize this. Do something special for them as your child reaches milestones, such as have a sleep over or let them chose what is for dinner. The point is make sure your child knows that you are proud of them for the effort they put into school.

Talk to your child. Make sure your child knows that they can always talk to you about what is going on at school, whether it has to do with peers, school work, or what they have for lunch.It doesn't matter what you talk about, if you are willing to listen, you will find them willing to talk.

Do homework together. Make time each evening to do homework WITH your child. Children want their parents to see what they are doing in school and there is no better way to see what they are learning than to see their homework. Let them know how important it is to be thorough and diligent with their homework.

Encourage questions. It can often be overwhelming when your child asks questions (especially when we don't know the answer- thank you Google), but don't ever discourage their questions. In fact, we need to encourage our children's curiosity, no matter how outrageous or silly it may seem sometimes. As a parent do your best to answer their questions, even if it takes time, and always encourage more.

Talk about careers. Children need to know (especially the younger ones) why school is so important. My daughter wants to be a teacher when she grows up, we talk about why it is so important for her to learn everything she can and do well in school so that one day she can be really smart and teach her own classroom. This works with every career. Kids need to know that being good in school is what will get them the career they desire.

-Recognize your child's learning style, and work with it. As I stated earlier, every child learns differently, but it doesn't mean they learn the WRONG way. Some children are more visual, other children are more hands on, and some children work well after just hearing directions, and most need a bit of all three. The link below has a great quiz you can take to see how your child prefers to learn. Once you know your child's learning style, help accommodate it. Speak to the school about ways they may be able to help, and at home go over what your child is learning so they can be better prepared in his or her own way for the lessons they are learning.

Encourage your child to read. Reading is an excellent way to learn, not only about literacy, but about anything they desire. If your child wants to be a doctor when they grow up they can read about the medical field or any type of book they desire. Reading will help them through college, through medical school, and through life. There is no better tool than a good book to learn.

Be a positive role model. Children notice everything their parents do, if you are a hard worker they will be too. If you have manners, most likely your children will be polite in school, if you like to read, you will see your children develop the desire to read. I recently wrote my first book, only day's later my kindergartner presented me with a fully written, fully illustrated book of her own. I have never been more proud of her, and honestly I wasn't even sure she knew what writing a book was, she had just been watching her mom.

Being a good student is more than just about school, it helps them in society as well.

Our children are paving the way for the future. We need to adapt to the way they learn, encouraging them inside and outside of school, and teach them to have confidence in themselves that will help them to become better students. We as parents have the responsibility to help our children thrive in school, that way they can do great things in life.


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      Mandeeadair 5 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading and the great feedback. Having two kids in school I see the importance of parental guidance of their education. You cannot just send your children to school and expect them to learn, being actively involved is essential.

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      Becky Bruce 5 years ago from San Diego, CA

      mandeeadair, I voted this up, awesome, and beautiful!! Too bad public schools teach one way- which doesn't always work out for students. But with these awesome tips parents can help their child succeed no matter their learning style :) I'm very passionate about education after volunteering at an elementary school last year so I really loved this!

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      Teacher Sybil 5 years ago

      This is a very good article. As a high school English teacher, I see the value of reading everyday. There is no doubt that reading is the key to success in all subjects. However, I especially enjoyed your comments about praising effort and talking about careers. Relatively recent research strongly supports both of these ideas. Specifically, children who are praised for their effort and persistence are more likely to challenge themselves and take intellectual risks, like attempting advanced classes. Children who are praised for intelligence and high achievement are more inclined to select easier tasks and classes, apparently fearing failure. As for careers, research shows that students who see a connection between their schooling and future goals, such as a career, maintain a much higher levels of interest and motivation than those who don't.

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      Chris Montgomery 6 years ago from Irvine, CA

      Thanks for this! I'm taking two points away from this (because I'll forget any more!) Reward your child for effort and talk about careers. The one I find works wonders, the other I don't do enough of. Cheers!

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      PR Morgan 6 years ago from Sarasota Florida

      great advice! My kids are teens now..but I remember doing those things with them too!

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      Mandeeadair 6 years ago from California


      Thank you for the information, another reason it is so important for parents to get involved in their child's education. Thanks for reading.

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      educator. 6 years ago

      I liked what you said about reading. If a child does not read adequately, every other subject is effected, and unfortunately the mandated reading requirements for teachers now is to focus on comprehension even if the child is not reading adequately.

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      Mandeeadair 6 years ago from California

      Kay and Cardelean,

      Thank you for reading and Kay you brought up a very good point, I agree with you and so I did modify my hub slightly because it is something important. Rewarding your child for effort is more what I was trying to get at, so I needed to make it more precise! Thank you! :)

      Cardelean, It is amazing how they watch everything, I agree with you about speaking positively about school and keeping any problems you have with school very private so that they think of school positively as well. Thank you.

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      cardelean 6 years ago from Michigan

      Great tips for helping your child. Reading is such a critical part of learning. It is so apparent to me in the classroom which children have enjoyed books at an early age and continue to read at home. Modeling is also so important. I hear my children say and see my children do things that I didn't even realize that they heard or saw me do. So it is always important to keep school on a positive note in front of children even if you are having a problem with a teacher or something within the school. Great hub!

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      Kaye McCulloch 6 years ago from Australia

      Nice hub. Lots of good tips there, but I'm not sure about the "reward your child" idea. Nothing wrong with the odd reward of course, and yes, you want to let them know you're proud of them. But I worry that rewarding for good grades gives them the message that if they don't get that grade you won't be proud of them. I'd think rewarding for effort - like if you see them put a big effort into a project, no matter what the outcome - might be more effective.

      Just my 2c worth.

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      Mandeeadair 6 years ago from California

      Thank you! And thanks for reading!

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      Ashantina 6 years ago

      You have some really good tips here. Parents should take an active role in their childs learning from as young as possible. One of the best proven things you can do for your child is to read to them, from as early as 6 months.. apparently they turn out smarter.