1. Goal setting
All children have school attainments that are set by their teacher that they have to achieve by the end of a term or year.
Use your child’s school report to set some goals. Discuss school with your child and get them to set some goals for themselves. Let them take ownership of their success. This will encourage independence. In my teaching and parenting experience, giving children ownership gives them confidence, positivity and they become even happier children.
Ask your child what he or she would like to achieve in a specific subject. By setting a goal and creating a route to achieve that goal, your child is far more likely to build their confidence. Goal setting is one of the most powerful ways to obtain positive outcomes in any area of life, including school.
A child of any age can benefit from this and it will help with self motivation and overall achievement.
Place the goals in a visual place for you and your child to see.
Whether it’s the lead up to a exam or the beginning of the academic year a timetable is useful for both parents and pupils.
It’s not just about study, it can include extra curricular activities, reward days and days out. Many activities we plan with our children are educational so they are learning in a fun way without even realising it.
It’s also not about the end result or grade it’s about the journey to success. The skills they have used to achieve them are important as these skills will be transferrable to other areas of life and achievements. The skills to focus on are routines, dedication and commitment.
3. Practice, practice, practice!
This is essential to learning any new skill, sport or preparing for an exam.
The best sports people, the best musicians have all dedicated and practiced to become the best at that particular skill.
If your child gets into the habit of practice from an early age they will find it easier to succeed in the areas they want to.
Discipline is key to success in everything, not just education.
Again it starts at home! Have study hour or reading hour added to your timetable.
Ensuring they make time for homework and other commitments from an early age is imperative to the success and attitude of your child.
Reward good behaviour, achievements and successes. Everyone loves praise and rewards and children excel when they feel appreciated and good about themselves.
It doesn’t have be a huge gesture, sometimes a little card and a chocolate will show your child their hard work is worth it and they’ll appreciate it.
So no excuses, no negativity just success.
Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced everyday.
Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.