Find out how to set your child's realistic study goals that will help him or her excel at school...
Forcing your child to be the best in his class is not healthy at all. In fact, he might resent school or develop fears about studying or school.
He might withdraw and lose all focus if constantly berated. Instead of forcing him to be an achiever, motivate your child by providing constant encouragement and guidance.
Helping your kid set study goals is another really good way of giving him self-motivation to perform well at school.
Mr Benjamin Yang — Director of Business Development for Epigami, a tuition agency dedicated to improving the quality of tutoring outside of the formal education system — offers this great advice when it comes to helping your child set study goals:
“Let the kid set his/her own goals and then you, as the parent, can come in to advise on whether the goal should be adjusted. This allows the kid to take charge of his/her learning and be responsible for his/her own grades.
Afterwards, review if the goal is accomplished and ask your kid why they did not score lower! They will come up with the reasons as to why they did well and this positively reinforces good lifelong habits when it comes to learning.”
Here are some more useful points for you to keep in mind when it comes to your child’s study goals:
1. Study goals will only work if your child personally wants to achieve them
If he is indeed motivated to perform well in school, help him do this at home in every way you can.
Help make your child more comfortable by providing him a study nook with a study lamp, table and chair as well as other essentials like a dictionary, encyclopedias and other references. Offer him some healthy snacks and refreshments as well.
2. Set practical and realistic study goals
In setting study goals, make sure to advice your child to be practical and realistic. If he is having problems with a certain school subject, it might be best for him to aim for a B grade instead of an A immediately.
Doing so will not only make the goal attainable for him but it would prevent him from being so pressured that he might want to give up.
Do not let him ignore the subjects that he is already excelling in. Instead of aiming for consistent high grades on those subject, talk him into getting more involved in clubs or contests related to those subjects.
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