Parents play a key role in the education of their children. In fact, we already know from a great deal of research that parents play a significant role in both the success of students and in school improvement. So how do we move from knowing that this is important to actual action points on the part of schools and parents?
Parental involvement can take on many forms. Parents can be on Parent-Teacher committees , help in the library, supervise on school trips, call for teacher meeting, write notes on homework, and the list goes on and on. Teachers, principals, and schools have a role to play in order to cultivate good relationships so that there is a partnership between parents and schools for the benefit of the children.
Although there are a number of different models that can help, a large part of parental involvement is actually not visible to schools – it is what happens at home. Below are some practical actions for parents to promote what is called “family education culture.” These tips specifically focus on fostering good study habits for kids.
Tips on how parents can help their children develop study and learning habits that help them succeed in school:
- Set a good example by modeling good studying behavior. Learn something new that takes practice. If you have a question, look up the answer and talk through the process so that your child can see it. Your child will learn to enjoy learning from you. If you are excited about learning, your child will learn to be excited about learning.
- Schedule homework/study time. Make it a part of the daily routine so that your child will know that studying is part of the day.
- Create a study space. This is a space that is clear of clutter and dedicated to homework and studying.
- Make sure you have all the necessary supplies available at the study space. For example, books, pencils, paper, protractor, calculator, and compass should all be organized and on your child’s desk.
- Turn off the TV and other distracting audio-visuals during study time. Scheduled homework/study time should be dedicated to just that: homework and study.
- Check the homework. Ask your child to explain what s/he has done and what they learned from the homework.
- Make sure that the work is not done carelessly. Insist that the work be redone if it was done carelessly.
- Make positive comments when they are deserved. Make sure that you celebrate good work and learning and show that you are proud of your child’s efforts.