HOMEWORK AND STUDY TIME: WHY PARENTS SHOULD BE INVOLVED
By Ikulajolu Adesola
Every parent wants his or her child to do well in school. The problem
is not that parents are not capable to help their children.
Afterall, not many parents have a background or training in
educational techniques, or child psychology. It is just that the parent
does not know the best way to help.
Here are some tips on how you can improve the likelihood of children’s
success in their education. Remember, these techniques take both time
and patience to show the desired and expected results Don’t expect
Teach them that learning is their job.
Parents often ask what they can do to get their child interested in a
particular subject or task. This part is so important. No one cares
whether or not a child is interested in something. Of course, children
learn better when they find the subject matter interesting, but what
children really need to learn is that they must also learn things
they do not find particularly interesting. That is the job children have.
You do not have to be an angry Mom or Dad to get your point across, but you
have to realize that parental expectation do have a huge impact on study performance.
If you don’t expect your child to do well,
your expectations will likely not be met.
Distinguish Learning from Study
It is rare for children to have done their
homework and to have also learned the lesson. By testing the child
with questions from the lesson. The child has a better chance at learning what the
lesson was really about. Though this gets harder as the child grows.
Prioritize study time
All children need down time, playing alone and with other
children is necessary for their intellectual growth and accumulation of social skills.
However, as a matter of priority, children should within reason, be
encouraged to work first before playing. It will pay-off in the long
run. Children should have a study hour in which they will need to
complete their school work. As the child gets older, his designated
study time should get longer.
Provide a proper homework environment
Be sure your child has all the tools needed to do his or her
best. A desk, and a comfortable chair, good lighting, necessary school supplies (paper,
pen, calculator, computer, protractor, pencil.) Most importantly a quiet
place to work.
Let them figure things out on their own.
Have your children think about problems at length before asking for
your help. Remember when you tell a child the answers to a problem,
you have deprived that child the right to figure it out
by his or herself. At the same time, it is appropriate to help a
student who has made a legitimate, but unsuccessful effort to learn
something without assistance.
Teach proper Reading Comprehension skills.
So many children read without understanding what they have
read or understanding what it means. To aid in that gap to learning,
children should know that when reading they should not go to the next
paragraph until they have understood the previous paragraph.
If they do, they actually will not understand the
paragraph. You should also let children take note of what they read
(better still, they should keep an outline). Taking notes and outline,
rephrase what the child has learned from reading and will provide room
for the child to prepare for writing examinations.
Conclusively, You will agree that all these are important to a child’s
educational success. The issue now is for parents to put this into use
Parents should be involved in the training of their children.
Don’t rely on teachers alone. Parents should be happy to help
their children at home. Teach your children to reach for the sky. It will give them a clear advantage among their peers.
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