6 Tips on How Parents Can Help Their Secondary School Student with Their Learning

Some fantastic tips from the Head of Senior School on supporting your child at home.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

  • Provide a quiet, open space with no distractions
  • Tools for effective learning include a desk, ergonomic chair, a noticeboard and good lighting, as well as a shelf or drawers for folders, reference books and non-essential work.

BREAKFAST

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  • start the day with a nutritional breakfast, to increase energy, attention, concentration and memory.
  • Include grains, fibre, protein and ensure it is low in sugar.

ORGANISATION

    • Display a calendar for each term near your student’s desk and in prominent places in the home.
    • Include: all co-curricular and social activities, as well as assignment, assessment or test dates.
    • Regularly sit down to discuss workloads and tasks due

FILING SYSTEMS

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  • Set up master folders for each subject to store completed tasks, tests and notes
  • Students may also need help organising their files on their computers and devices.

TIMETABLE

  • Know your student’s timetable, so it’s easy and relevant to ask “What were you doing in Science today?” A specific question can often open a conversation where your student not only shares but, in doing so, reinforces what was learned which increases memory (and understanding) of the lesson.

SUBJECTS

  • Know your student’s subjects, and become aware of the topics covered each year in those subjects.
  • ‘Improved educational outcomes result from a genuine interest and active engagement from parents’ (OECD 2011).

Stay tune for PART 2 on Tips on How Parents Can Help Their Secondary School Student with Their Learning.

 

The strategies above should be developed with your child, and hopefully will be independently adopted by them when they reach their final years at school. It’s worthwhile noting that each point is related to your child’s learning, as this sends a very positive message that you are engaged and interested in the learning process.

[OECD 2011] PISA in Focus, (2011). What can parents do to help their children succeed in school?. [online] Available at: http://www.oecd.org/pisa/49012097.pdf [Accessed 2 Jan. 2015].

[Henderson and Mapp 2002] Henderson, A. & Mapp, K. (2002). A new wave of evidence. The impact of school, family, and community connections on student achievement. Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL). Available: http://www.sedl.org/connections/resources/evidence.pdf [Accessed 2 Jan 2015]