Education System is always evolving. Over the years we have seen
many changes in the curriculum and the way in which your child is assessed on
their understanding. As a parent it can be overwhelming and
confusing. You want to help your child succeed, but you are not
sure how to make that happen. This information provides practical
strategies to assist you in helping your child reach their full potential at
school, and in life. Hopefully you will find the information
insightful and useful.
- The brain can only effectively study for a maximum of 45 minutes.
After this point, the retention rate goes down to LESS THAN
- To keep studying your child needs to take a
15 MINUTE BREAK where they do something that allows their brain to relax.
- The only music that has been shown to help studying is
music written by the composer MOZART.
- Studies show that if your child must study
with music, it should be music WITHOUT words. Music with lyrics
distracts the brain from learning.
- Cramming an hour before a test can DECREASE
your child’s performance on the test.
- Studies have shown that teens require 9-10
HOURS of sleep per day to be effective academically.
- Students who are hungry score lower on
assessments. Eating HEALTHY NUTRITIOUS food supports brain
TO HELP YOUR CHILD SUCCEED
- Praise and encourage.
- Create a space in your
home that is FREE from distractions. i.e. no TV, cell
phone, iPod, computer, video games etc.This space is
where your child should go to get homework/assignments done. It is
also a space where PRODUCTIVE studying can occur.
- Attend Parent-Teacher
interviews and find out how your child is doing.
- Try not to plan extended vacations
during the school year. Your child misses a lot of course work and
this can put your child’s credits at risk.
- Be ACTIVE in
your child’s education. Ask questions about their day that elicits
more than just a “yes” or “no” answer. Get them to EXPLAIN what
they learned in each class that day or week.
- Ask to see your child’s homework and assessments so you know how they
are progressing in the course.
- Help them with their homework, or help them study for assessments by
asking them questions about the course
- Do REGULAR homework checks.
This will make them accountable for their school work.
- Have your child use an AGENDA to stay organized. Check
it and your child’s school work daily to ensure that tasks are being
teachers also have CLASS WEBSITES. Check them often so that you can stay informed
about your child’s courses.
- Create a Monday–Friday SCHEDULE with your child.
For example: between 4-6pm your child has free
time to relax and unwind. Between
6:00-9:30pm they are in their study space completing or
reviewing school work.
- Create a weekend schedule as well that also includes time for school
- Be OPEN to letting your child explore different pathways.
For example, apprenticeship, college, and university. Help
them choose a PATH of SUCCESS.
- Engage your child in PHYSICAL ACTIVITY. This will help
them release negative emotions which can prevent positive outcomes at
- Help your child find a BALANCE between school, part-time work (if
they have one) and play. Too much of one thing can have a negative
your child in activities on a regular basis which forces them to DISCONNECT from
technology. Let your child be “bored”. Life isn’t
always about being entertained. This will push your child to learn
how to think about things and become engaged. It will help them
learn about themselves and it will also develop PATIENCE.
LEARNING SKILLS SAMPLE
Hopefully you have found the suggestions and tips helpful.
Below is an example of a rubric that may be used to assess the six
different learning skills found on Elementary School Report Cards.
Achieving an “E” in all of the categories is another way your child can
improve in any subject. Study and work habits are directly related
N = Needs Improvement
S = Satisfactory
G = Good
E = Excellent
I arrive to class on time.
I stay on task in class.
I use appropriate language in class. (no swearing or put
downs, please and thank you).
I complete all work in class and for homework.
I hand in assignments/projects on time.
I come to class prepared (pen/pencil, eraser, ruler, calculator, lined
& graph paper, binder, textbook, agenda).
I keep my work organized (notes in order and with dates, dividers to
separate subjects and/or notes, homework, tests).
I check the website daily for updates, test dates,
I follow the teacher's instructions with minimal
I use class time to complete assigned work.
I interact respectfully during class
I take responsibility for my share of the group’s work.
I have positive and productive conversations in class.
I practice different roles in group situations (e.g. recorder, reader,
I ask for clarification during lessons and class time.
I explain concepts to other students to help them
I attempt all challenging homework, problems and
I come to class with a positive attitude.
I volunteer to answer questions in class.
I create study notes and a study schedule.
I make up for missed notes and homework.
I make corrections to my quizzes and tests.
I ask for help during class, lunch and/or after school.
I attend Counting On You if necessary and recommended.