How can you help your child improve their academic performance?

All children are curious about the world and love to learn. But the teaching methods may not suit them. Some, more and more numerous, do not follow this inevitable rhythm: they like to learn, but not continuously. Others, champions of computer technology or fans of television documentaries, are bored at school! All of these suffer from being constantly put in difficulty. Because of their poor school results, they feel devalued, including in relation to their family. The role of parents is to reassure them to help them overcome a temporary failure.

Spend time on homework 

Often, due to a lack of good organization, students have the feeling that the school never leaves them: as soon as they have finished an assignment, another one comes up. And since they only want to go and play, they don’t really focus on what they’re doing… So they spend three times as much time there as necessary. Teach them to estimate the time it actually takes for them to do their homework correctly. Thus, they will discover with pleasure that their evenings and weekends are no longer entirely devoted to school tasks.

Finding the right way of working

You can’t get good grades if you don’t know your lessons! However, most children do not know how to do it … It’s up to you to help your child to discover which memory is his  :

Auditory (he remembers when reading aloud);

Visual (by looking);

Scriptural (by copying).

He will choose the method which is most suitable for him and will regain confidence in his intellectual capacities.

Some children, claiming that what they are studying is difficult, ask for the assistance of a parent, as if the latter were going to learn for them! It’s a way to stay small. But just as a child dresses alone, washes, or eats by himself, he must gradually acquire his autonomy in school work.

Restore self-confidence

Very often, the improvement of a child’s emotional relations with his parents but also with his teacher (s) transforms a situation that seemed blocked. So don’t hesitate to meet the teachers.

If in-class your child lacks self-confidence, he counts on you to encourage him with positive words. Be careful not to set your requirements too high.

There are several practical solutions you can use:

Supervised and supervised studies: the children do their work in the presence of an adult capable of helping them, and of explaining what has not been understood in class;

Home support: sometimes the presence of an ib tutor who supervises the school work helps the child. The difficulties disappear when the explanation is exclusively intended for him;

Speech therapist: certain blockages in relation to numbers or reading are overcome with a few speech therapy sessions, chosen in agreement with the child;

Psychotherapy: The use of a psychotherapist may be necessary when the child has lost his bearings and panics before any new task to accomplish.

Each case is to be treated separately. The important thing is that your child does not take himself for the dunce of the class. Do not forget to congratulate him from time to time and to remind him often of the esteem you have for him!