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Practical ways to help your kids to achieve their academic potential

We all want our children to do well at school. Then maybe go on to university or complete training or an apprenticeship that will enable them to land a good job. So, most parents do all they can to help their children to succeed academically.

There are lots of ways to do this. Below, are a few suggestions of how you could help your children to study effectively, pass their exams, learn the skills they need and do well in life.

Equip them with the right tools

Anything you try to do in life is far easier if you have the right tools. So, consider investing in software, apps, and devices that will help your children to produce well-written work. Tools like this plagiarism-checker can make a huge difference to their overall grade. It is all too easy to inadvertently end up writing something that is very similar to what is already out there. If that happens your child’s work could be marked down, or they could even be accused of cheating.

Help your child with the proofreading process

It is important to get your children into the habit of proofreading whatever they write. Doing so will, over time, turn them into a better writer. It will help them to pick up on the mistakes that they make regularly and stop making them.

If you have a good grasp of spelling and grammar, offer to do a final read-through for them. They may say no thank you. Don’t let that worry you too much. Early on in their academic life, they can afford to turn in essays that are not perfect. As this study shows, learning by making mistakes can be a surprisingly effective way of improving.

In time, your kids will usually realize they cannot spot and correct every mistake on their own. At that point, most will accept the offer of help. Having a second pair of eyes check your work is always a good idea. We are all blind, to some extent, to our own mistakes.

Provide them with a quiet place to study

Making sure your child has a distraction-free place to study will enable them to get far more done, which, will put them under less stress. It could be as simple as completely clearing the dining room table and buying them a good pair of headphones. If you can´t provide them with a desk in their own room, don’t worry, just do the best you can.

Provide structure and respect their work time

Do your best to get your children into a study routine. Then do everything you can to ensure that nothing gets in the way of their study time. But, make sure they don’t overdo it. Studies show that children do better academically when they lead balanced lives.

Which of the above suggestions are right for you and your child depends on many factors. But, hopefully, you will find at least some of them to be useful.

About the Author

Amanda Acuña an influential Mom Blogger created MommyMandy as an online resource to the parenting community. She has four children and they currently reside in Texas.

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