You may think that your teen is past needing your parental help and guidance by the time they make it to high school. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Keep reading to find out more.
Their Problem Subjects
Most teens have at least one or two subjects where they aren’t quite doing as well as they are in the others. However, it is important to keep your child enthused about these subjects even if they aren’t using them right now.
The good news is there are some simple ways to help them raise their grades, and improve their confidence in challenging subjects. One of these is to offer to support them as they complete their homework, sitting down and doing the work with them ( but never for them).
Of course, having access to the most effective teachers and tutors can make a great deal of difference when it comes to succeeding in a subject as well. Indeed, results from the Teach for America program (TFA) show that their instructors were far more successful at teaching Math than others in their institutions. With that in mind, inquiring whether your child’s school has a TFA teacher and whether they can get in their class for Math could help a great deal. Although, if this isn’t possible, getting your teen a tutor for the subject in which they are struggling can be highly helpful as well.
Whether it’s via an allowance or a part-time job another area in which your kids may need some support is money management. Indeed, because for most this is the first time in their life that they have had any spare cash to spend, getting them into good habits now can have a true longer-term positive impact. After all, wouldn’t you rather send your kids to college knowing they understand the value of money and have the skills to budget properly?
One option is to sit down with your teen and help them create a budget spreadsheet. Although there are now bank accounts that can be given to teens that send notifications to parents when they spend or save too.
One of the most vital areas in which you can support your teen during high school are self-confidence and peer pressure. Unfortunately, the sad truth of the matter is that kids are subjected to massive amounts of peer pressure not only in school but also online. This means that as their parent you need to have clear and consistently enforced rules for behavior, while at the same time encouraging your child’s individuality and voice.
Finally, we always expect our kids to study hard, but they aren’t always explicitly taught the most effective ways to study. That is why, whether your teen is top of their class or struggling in some areas, some time and attention spent on study skills is invaluable.
It’s best, to begin with, the basics here such as how to plan out a piece of written work, how to improve fact recall, and how to read and summarize short pieces of writing. Then you can move on to some more advanced skills such as taking notes in sketch formats, and critical thinking which can transform your child’s learning experience into one where they thrive.
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