Top 3 questions teachers get asked?
1. How do I help my son manage his study commitments and balance these with his co-curricular activities?
Keeping a detailed schedule that records the planned study times for each subject area, as well as all co-curricular commitment times, will at a glance give both you and your son a sense of the balance relating to these activities. In addition, recording the completion of tasks will assist in the actualisation of the plan.
2. What is the number one area my son should focus on if he wishes to improve his academic results?
The school report contains important information on every subject your son studies and provides an insight into his strengths and weaknesses. Discussing this with your son is imperative. It will enable him to assess, re-evaluate and make new SMART goals. A goal for each subject should be written somewhere publicly in the home, where you are all reminded of them regularly.
3. How do I help my son choose the right subjects to get the best result?
Subject selection can be confusing, but the principles are reasonably simple. First, ensure that your son selects any required or prerequisite subjects needed for further study or his career aspirations, then choose the subjects that he likes and enjoys. If your son likes and enjoys his subjects, he will be more engaged, happier and as a consequence perform well. Chances are that the subject he likes and enjoy will be in the area best suited to him career-wise, so it is win, win!
Five things parents can do to facilitate learning at home
1. Help your son set up an appropriate study space in an open area at home which is comfortable, relaxed and organised.
2. Assist him in developing a routine that is realistic and fits in with his various commitments.
3. Be open and honest. Talk to your son about his learning and show interest in his hopes and dreams.
4. Be prepared to act as a sounding board and safety net. Remain positive and open to his various pursuits, taking on the role of mentor and guide.
5. Set well defined boundaries for your son appropriate to his age and maturity. This will support and also assist him in becoming more independent.