There is an undeniable correlation between parent involvement and a child’s academic success. Parents who take an interest in their child’s education are able to provide support and guidance, helping their child make the most of their schooling.
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An independent sixth form in London has shared the following advice for parents looking to become more involved in their child’s education to give them the greatest chance for success.
Create a routine to be involved in your child’s education
Parents should encourage a structured routine at home, one which prioritises time for homework and other academic activities. Children should get into the habit of doing their homework as soon as they get home from school. This ensures their knowledge is still fresh and they remain focused and engaged. A routine to support academic success should have an emphasis on healthy habits. These include a good bedtime routine, perhaps discouraging screen time before bed to ensure a restful night’s sleep.
Get to know their teacher
Having a line of communication between parent and teacher ensures that everyone is singing from the same song sheet. You will be able to discuss your concerns and share information that could affect your child’s education. It will also give you the information you need to guarantee you are effectively reinforcing classroom-based learning and supporting your child in the most effective way. Any areas of concern that the teacher highlights you will be able to spend more time focusing on at home, and vice versa.
Set goals for your child’s education
There is a link between academic success and parent expectations. As your child is more likely to apply themselves if they feel they will be held accountable or praised for their results. Setting academic targets will give your child more focus and drive to succeed. The key is to set attainable milestones which can be built up over time. When we achieve a goal our body releases dopamine. This is a feel-good hormone and an important part of the brain’s reward system. This dopamine hit becomes a motivator to strive towards future targets. Therefore meaning the smaller victories we achieve, the more we will be inclined to strive towards future goals.
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