Use “Real-Life” Problems – Help your child see how you use math and science every day. Show them how math and science used in money problems, sports, cooking, and all other areas. Work on household projects together.
Has your child taught you? – Ask your child to explain in detail something he or she learned in class today. Teaching others is a great way to learn.
Find sources of help – If your child seems to need more help than you can give in math, science or any other subject, call your child’s school. Ask what tutoring help is available.
Set up a study time – Every day your child needs to spend time on learning. If there’s no homework, your child can spend the time reading.
Make a Schedule – Work with your child to make a plan for homework and activities. Try to respect your child’s choices about when he or she works and plays – within reason.
Set Up a Special Place to Study – Help your child pick a place to do homework. Make it comfortable. Provide good lighting and all needed supplies.
Stick to the Schedule – Remind your child that meeting responsibilities are important – including sticking to his or her schedule. Rework the schedule if necessary.
Avoid “Creaming” – Cramming at the last minute. Book a time slot from the daily time table to spend time preparing for upcoming tests.
Be Physically Ready – Children need to get enough sleep a healthy breakfast before a test.
Use Memory Aids – Such as Flash Cards, Makeup words whose letters stand for key information. For example, the word HOMES can help your child remember the five Great Lakes (Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior).
Review test-taking tips – With your child: Read all directions before answering questions. Budget time. Don’t spend too much time on one problem or section. Answer all the easy questions first. Go with your first choice. Don’t change your answers.
Remind your child how homework helps – Point out that homework teaches important lessons about sticking with a task. Also, doing the same exercise, again and again, helps build skills that won’t be easily forgotten.
Encourage good work habits – The goal of homework is to learn by doing-not just finding the answers as fast as possible. Stress careful, complete effort. Focus on the way your child studies, and let the teacher worry about the right and wrong answers.
Remember, homework is your child’s responsibility! Be sure your child does the work!
Let your child that SCHOOL IS COOL!
Ask questions about school every day – Ask your child about more than grades, tests, and papers. Ask about friends, problems getting along with others, funny events, etc. Try to get the whole.
Listen to your child – Ask your child to share his or her feelings and thoughts with you. This helps your child learn to express himself or herself clearly.
Get involved in your child’s school – Talk to your child’s teachers. Ask for parent-teacher conferences. Go to school events whenever you can. Join the parent-teacher group at school or help out in some other way.