The season of resolutions is all around us, a fresh start, a bigger and better 2014.
Many children say “I will make better grades” but are unsure of how to make it happen. If better grades are on your child’s new year’s resolution list, help him select a specific list of strategies that will support his goal.
Below are a list of strategies that will help your child achieve their resolution for better grades:
- Environment – Have your child select a good place to study that is away from distractions like TV, video games, the phone, or music.
- Teacher Support – Ask your child’s teacher for specific activities your child can do at home that will support his goal of better grades.
- Routine – Help your child establish a daily routine. Select a time each evening to complete homework and study for tests/quizzes. The routine should be followed even on evenings the child doesn’t have homework assigned. During this time, your child can practice problems from a text or other review source and study vocabulary.
- Celebrate – Celebrate small wins such as completing a homework assignment, a good grade on a quiz, an improved feeling of understanding, etc. The road to good grades can be rocky so it is important to highlight improvements.
- Homework – Your child will need to complete his homework each night. He will need to try every problem, circle problems he doesn’t understand, and write any questions he has in the margins. As your child goes over each question in class, make sure he writes down the correct answer and asks his questions.
- Vocabulary – Create flash cards out of notecards (math vocabulary is often forgotten, but necessary). One side should list the vocabulary word. The opposite side should have a definition generated by the child, a picture that represents the word, examples and non-examples.
- Tests and Quizzes – Use the vocabulary cards and any review sheets provided by the teacher to practice. While studying, children should circle the questions they get wrong, and ask their teacher, a parent , or a friend for help before the test. If they don’t have a study sheet, textbooks often provide review sections in each chapter and odd answers in the back so that the child can check their understanding.
- Study Sessions – Ask your child’s teacher if they provide study sessions before school, after school, or during lunch. Set a schedule for your child to attend these sessions.
- Hire a tutor – If you have tried the tips above and your child is still struggling to improve their grades, contact a tutor for additional help.
Improved grades can be hard work but well worth it. If you are working with your child to improve grades, and have questions, please feel free to contact me through the comments below or send me an email. I’m happy to help!
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