In today’s fast paced world, being a working mother is an arduous task – to balance work and home ain’t easy! With bigger duties at work and less time being spent with family(and children), the role of the parents (especially the mother) plays an important role in the academic performance of the child.
So here are a few ways that would ensure your child’s performance in academics:
1. Set a SMART goal: Take time to sit down with your child at the beginning of school term and together set a SMART goal. They should be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time bound.
2. Devise a schedule: Devising a schedule helps in balancing homework and studies. A certain period of time can be allotted for homeworks. The study time can be broken up into smaller increments of say 40 minutes which is better for them, rather than one solid period of study. In addition, ensure that your kid has a sufficient break between the time they come home and their study time – this is bound to help them unwind after a day at school.
3. Develop a timetable:Drawing up time tables together can be fun and can be productive at the same time. It makes sense to draw up one every week to accommodate class tests and mid-term examinations. Specific subjects and lessons can be allotted thereby making learning fun. It also makes reviewing the kid’s progress easier for the mom. Enforce study rules so that there are no distractions during study time.
4. Follow up:This is an essential part of study to keep up with the kid’s progress. This can be done by taking quick oral or short written tests to see if they’ve understood a particular concept.
5. Be innovative:It does get taxing for the kids with school work, home work, examinations and to push them to study and take tests at home – that would be a big NO! Learning can be made fun – involving studies in daily conversations over dinner, practical learning – whatever works and beats rote learning. Encourage independent studying. If the need arises, use interactive media – it breaks the tedium and makes learning interesting.
6. Encourage note taking: Note taking is critical and is a skill that needs to be developed as it helps in retention.
7. Provide favourable milieu: It is mandatory to provide an environment conducive for learning and/or studying – away from the blaring sounds of the television, or from the distractions of the computer or phone. Help your child choose a study area where they can study without being interrupted. Make sure your child has plenty of supplies available and that there is plenty of light.
8. Be consistent: Do not disrupt the study habit. A long gap in studies makes it difficult to get back on the track.
9. Never miss PTA: Ensuing on your child’s progress to identify any weak areas can be done at the parents’ teachers association. This would help to build a positive line of communication with the teachers.
10. Ensure a good night’s sleep: Ensure that your child sleeps for at least 8 hours as this allows the brain to recharge and would help them perform well in school.
The bottom line is to be there for your child as nothing else motivates them to do better than your presence. It is your interest that will make a difference!