Do you know that your child has a lot of academic potential, but they keep bringing home report cards with low grades, and you just don’t know what to do about it? You likely make sure they go school every day and complete those homework assignments, but just don’t know what else to do. Try these six great ways to improve your child’s academic performance, and you can help your child unleash that academic potential you know they have inside of them.
1. Keep Your Child’s Brain Engaged During Long Summer Vacations
Most educational professionals agree that the long summer vacations that are customary in K-12 schools in the United States contribute to a problem called Summer Learning Loss.
During a long, often 3-month, break from school, a child often forgets much of what they learned during the last school year. To prevent summer learning loss, experts recommend that you encourage your child to focus on an educational activity 30 minutes every day during the summer.
Learning activities can include reading, playing an educational video game, or any activity that puts your child’s critical thinking skills to use.
2. Arrange Parent-Teacher Meetings to Get to the Bottom of Things
To understand why your child is not performing well in class, you need information from their teachers. When you meet with each teacher, ask them if your child is turning in their homework assignments, how your child acts in class, and how your child is performing on tests.
Your child’s teacher may have some great insight into why your child’s performance is suffering and help you pin-point the specific ways you can help your child bring up their grades in each class.
3. Have a Tutor Teach Your Child New Study Techniques
A common problem with students today is that while their teachers always tell them to study, the teachers don’t often explain how to study. Students often rely on flashcards or just reading textbook chapters over and over, and while this can help them memorize facts, this type of studying doesn’t work well for some subjects, such as math.
Even if you just don’t have the extra cash in your budget to have a tutor meet with your child on a regular basis, just a session or two with a tutor to learn study techniques your child can use when studying for all school subjects can help your child’s grades begin to soar.
4. Have Your Child Invite Friends over for Group Study Sessions
If you are like many parents, you may separate your child’s study time and social time. However, when you combine the two, your child may begin to enjoy studying when they may have dreaded it in the past.
Allowing your child to study with friends may spark a new love of learning in your child, and a child who loves to learn will perform well in the classroom.
5. Make A Good Night’s Sleep a Priority
One bad habit that can cause a child of any age to earn poor grade is skimping on sleep. It can be especially difficult for children who are natural “night owls” to get a full 8-10 hours of sleep every night.
Remember that children need more sleep than adults, so even if your child sleeps eight hours every night, encourage them to sleep 10 hours a night as an experiment to see if it helps improve their school performance.
If your child’s schedule makes it difficult for them to sleep this long at night, then encourage a nap mid-day to make up the sleep time they miss at night.
6. Make Sure Your Child Gets Plenty of Outdoor Exercise
Many studies show that children suffer psychologically and physically when they spend all of their free time indoors. With today’s technology, it can be all-too-easy for a child to spend all day inside browsing social media and playing video games.
Since earning good grades in school relies on being in good health, encourage your child to spend time outdoors every day when weather allows. You may see a boost in their mental well-being that helps them naturally begin to earn better grades.