If you think your commitment to your child’s success is not playing a big part of the game, think again. It is absolutely crucial in determining your child’s final success. This is not just some old random sayings’ but EVERY study done over the last 3 decades has clearly proven that the biggest factor that affects child’s achievement in school is Parental Involvement. Not the size of the school, the money spent of pupils, the quality of the teachers, the equipment or facilities available. Yes, they are all factors that can’t be ignored, but none of them has come close to the degree of YOUR influence.
You can help you child do better in tests, regardless of your background, even if you were not a great student yourself. However, there are some common mistakes that parents often commit before and after the tests:
- First of all, don’t get over-anxious about your child’s test scores. I know you are dedicated to help, put much hope on them, but please remember, too much emphasis solely on grades can upset a child, lower his self-esteem, especially one who are already chafing under pressure.
- Help your child feel confident in everything he does. Praise them on even little things goes a long way in boosting their confidence. Children who are afraid of failing are more likely to make mistakes on tests.
- Do not judge your child by a single test score, no matter how important the test. No test is a perfect measure of what your child can do or what he or she has learned. You don’t want your child learns the tricks (maybe illegal ones) to get better scores instead of actually learning something useful.
- Talk to your child’s teacher as often as possible. Her assessment will be a far better measure of how your child is doing than any test, or every series of tests
- Make sure your child attends school regularly. You can’t do well on tests if you are rarely in class. Teachers always teach the main points of the test books on which students should be focus, so it’s better than child to study alone at home afterwards.
- Make sure your child gets enough sleep, especially before a big test. Do not burn the midnight oils. Tired eyes lead to tired grades. There is nothing you can do if the time is running out, just train your child to prepare earlier next time.
- Review test results with your child and show them what they can learn from a graded exam paper. This is especially important in math and the sciences, where a new concept builds upon the previous ones.
- Look at the wrong answers. Find out why she answered as she did. This will identify times when your child knew the answer but didn’t fully understand the question.
- Read and discuss any teacher comments on the test, especially if your child received a poor grade.
By applying the tips above, you can help your child tremendously in his learning process in a more natural and positive way, the right attitude of learning will continue even he has grown up.