It’s the kind of thing that yet simple in principle, often appears borderline impossible in a real-life working scenario. All parents want what’s best for their kids and while there’s no denying the fact that there’s so much more to life than grades alone, grades will always have an impact on a child’s education and long-term progress.
Which begs the all-important question – how exactly can the average parent assist their kids in improving their grades, without necessarily having to resort to extreme measures? Well, while there’s always the option of speaking to the available private tutors in London, there is in fact plenty that can be done without the need to involve third-party professionals.
It’s the classic example of several smaller measures and efforts adding up to a significant difference – the following being perhaps the most effective and important of all:
1 – Show Interest
First of all, it becomes extremely difficult for a child to take any real interest in their grades and their performance in general if they don’t genuinely believe that their parents are just as interested as they are. And it’s not simply a case of rewarding achievement and punishing failure – showing an interest means showing interest in their education in general. The best approach is to work toward finding that sweet spot between encouraging interest and pushiness – let your kids know what they’re doing is important, relevant and something to be proud of and chances are they’ll respond accordingly.
2 – Set Goals
An improvement in grades represents something of a long-term goal, though one that will only be achieved if a great many smaller goals are first established and reached. The simple fact of the matter is that kids, just like adults, need targets to work toward which are both reachable and not positioned too far in the future. So while it may seem logical to set the goal of better grades by the end of the year, it is often better to start with much smaller goals – upping homework by one hour each week, for example. And of course, where goals are established, worked towards and reached, they should also bring appropriate rewards.
3 – Get Involved
One of the worst things any parent can do is to express concern and/or interest in a child’s education as far as the grades are concerned, only then to completely and totally avoid getting involved in the educational process. Think of it this way – there’s a very big difference between telling your kids they have to work from 6pm to 8pm on a project, and actually sitting with them during this time and helping them get to grips with it all. It’s hard for kids to see the importance of doing something if those instructing them to do it don’t appear to be willing, or at least interested enough, to get involved themselves. It’s a case of leading by example – something kids almost always respond favourably to.
4 – Listen More
When a child tells a parent they are struggling with a maths exercise or perhaps cannot stand the science subjects they are studying, this is more often than not due to frustration having found the subject difficult to understand. In such instances, simply sitting them down with an exercise book and insisting that they battle through it can be entirely counterproductive. Instead, it’s a much better idea to listen more actively and proactively to what your child has to say, as this is the only way of drawing the line between “can’t be bothered” and genuinely “can’t”.
5 – Talk Openly
The very last thing in the world any parent should be looking to do when it comes to encouraging their kids to improve their grades is to make the subject of grades one of fear, and intimidation or taboo. Even in the instance of a child who may be suffering with a rather dramatic slide in grades, the moment they get the impression that the subject as a whole is one they’d rather avoid is the moment you’ll find yourself struggling to get through to them. The simple fact of the matter is that while declining grades may indeed be a scenario of severity and urgency, things only ever tend to be made much worse by nagging, punishing and so on.
6 – Speak to the Professionals
Last but not least, it’s always worth remembering that professional home tuition services are more readily available today than they have ever been, not to mention comprehensively affordable. It can sometimes take the expertise of a seasoned professional to both identify and implement exactly what it is any given child needs to reach their full potential.