Tips for parents to help your elementary school child study
• Help your kids revise by re-arranging your family’s schedules and their usual priorities.
• Be more understanding and tolerant to their moods.
• Don’t nag, blame or over criticize them about their studying time but help them to plan or get the help they need.
• Make sure the house is conducive to studying – younger siblings aren’t interrupting or that the TV isn’t up too loud. But also accept that some kids actually study better with background noise.
• Give practical help like buying the correct equipment – pens, compasses or highlighters. Take away the last minute stress of not being prepared.
• Suggest a family treat each week or at the end of the exams to help your child focus on the future which gives them something to look forward to.
• Prepare a good breakfast every morning and be there to send them off positively.
• After each exam just listen – let your child talk it through but don’t dwell on it.
• Let your child know that you love them, respect their efforts and will be there to support them regardless of the outcome of the results.
“Using this reading program, my son’s reading skills have been raised to a level well beyond his grade. I cannot credit the Reading Kingdom enough for raising my son’s self-esteem and guiding him on a path to achieving his full potential.” — V.W. Shiah, M.D. and parent
For more about kids and self-esteem, see our activities for kids page.