How to Help Your Children Excel in Studies Part I

Children who do good in studies enjoy more advantages than others. Hence its very important to help your children maintain good academic record.

Here are 10 ways to help your children excel in studies:

1. Give Them A Good Start

Young children are learning machines. They learn faster than adults. You can give your children, especially if they are below five years of age, a good start in education by using these simple techniques…

a) Read aloud stories from books. This helps to develop reading and imagination skill in children.

b) Talk a lot with your children. This helps to develop language skill.

c) Put on music for young children. Teach them to sing simple songs. Research is showing that music is not only good for overall health, but it is good for brainpower too!

d) Explore things with them, like—toys, various objects at home, plants, flowers, etc. See, touch, turn around the objects in your hands along with your children. Ask questions and discuss the objects playfully. This helps your children to learn more about their surrounding world.

e) Answer your children’s questions. If you don’t know the answer, then try to find it out together.

2. Have a good library in your home

a) Atmosphere of reading, learning and parents’ habits strongly influence children’s behaviour. When parents take interest in reading, their children also develop interest in reading.

b) So build a library of good books in your home. Display books prominently in the area where children see most.

3. Link School with Fun

a) Many children don’t like to go to school. Hence, you can use some simple tricks to arouse their interest in school.

b) Don’t just ask about what was taught in school, or what homework has been given. First ask your children, “What interesting thing happened in school today?” “What fun you had in school today?” “What you and your friend did in school today?” This would make your children aware of enjoyable things in school.

c) Such questioning creates an impression in children’s mind that school is not just about teachers and studies, but it is also about friends, play and fun.

d) Also, if your children do not like to go to school, then check whether they are having any problem at school (for e.g. bullying.) Then try your best to solve it. You can also ask the teachers to help you in such cases.

4. Let them dance to their own Rhythm

Every child may not like to get up early in the morning or do homework right after returning from school. Some like to play first. Some like to study at night, some at morning. Then there are children who want complete silence during studying, while others don’t care if there is silence or not.

Let your children study at a time when they feel comfortable. Let them study in a style they like—what matters is that they should complete their study work on time and learn the study material properly.

5. Replace Scolding with Selling Benefits!

Children get easily distracted by TV and games. Parents have to repeatedly remind them to sit and study. Once a parent told us that his son did not study regularly, even when he scolded him repeatedly “Study or you will fail.”We asked him to use another trick. We told him to remind his son to study by saying, “Study well, you will live a rich life.” Soon his son scored 85% in exam, which was a big improvement over his past performance!

Scolding is not known to give good results. But we have witnessed miracle-like transformation of disinterested students into top performers, when they were made to realize that good performance in studies leads to rich life style. And poor performance leads to poor living.