It has been found out sometimes painfully that teachers “teach” theoretical and practical aspects, but they don’t often tell kids about how to study for a test. You might have been surprised that when your kid came back home with a test result that is not satisfactory at all. If you ask your daughter or son how they studied the answer they give might open your eyes to the fact that they don’t know how to study sometimes.
If you ask kids what is the most difficult subject at school most of them will tell that it is math. In helping your child doing math problems, first talk to them about it and ask to show what they are doing in class. They might be blindly following the teacher and saying 2 into 3 is 6; but make them understand that two and three hence becomes factors of six. Introduce them to the principle of multiplying rather than just parroting what the maths tutor said. There are many online resources which you can use to do extra sums and show so many facets of the same problem.
Helping with younger kids
For little ones it could be difficult for you to help with studying some times. For example your child could be bad at spelling. But don’t make them just “study” the spellings. Do activities with them; try “show cards” etc. It has been found out that visual aids are highly important in education not only for small kids but also for teenagers. You can also use methods such as taping or recording your kid doing spellings or even poems and stuff that has to be studied and replay it to them to show whether they have done well. It will be a method for them to identify their own mistakes and correct them. Kindergarten kids now have many techniques such as zoophonics etc. to learn alphabet easily and quickly.
Before studying something, knowing what questions are possible from that lesson could be really important. Always make your kid go through the questions first, then they will note the important parts. Ask them to circle, underline, highlight etc. Parts that are visually standing out will make them memorize it better. Use the help of a tutor when and if relevant; you can get a North Shore tutoring to help with science experiments. Visual aids are helpful, however, practically doing something makes it imprinted in their minds even better. It is true that not everyone can become a scientist, but every child is good at something. It is your duty to bring their special skills out.