Learning with confidence

Aug 1, 2013 at 3:00 a.m. ET

One of the responsibilities of being a parent is to cultivate confidence in our children in the area of education. We have to help them become confident learners.

Mom helping daughter study

Children who are aware of their abilities will want to try their hardest to do well in school. Here are five ways you can help your child gain confidence as a student.


Set goals

Setting goals is an important aspect of life. Goals should be measurable, attainable and realistic. Maybe children want to achieve a certain grade point average or make the honor roll, or maybe they want to do better in a certain subject. Putting these goals into writing and revisiting them throughout the school year can help children track their success and feel pride in accomplishing their goals.


Establish good study habits

Learning good study habits from an early age is essential for long-term success in school. When children study well, they do better in their schoolwork and on tests, and that helps them gain confidence. Therefore, they should have an established study routine that you can monitor every day. Make a dedicated study space for them to use — one that is free of distractions and fully stocked with study supplies. You can also help them with their time management skills so that they can get through all their work.


Be organized

Let's face it — kids aren't always the most organized individuals. However, establishing a system for bringing home their schoolwork can help ease frustration in both parent and child. Less time will be wasted trying to find assignments, and more time will be spent completing them. Organization and good study habits go hand in hand and will ultimately help your child be more successful.


Work together

It's easy to tell our kids to go do their homework and then go do other things ourselves. Instead, be present while they are working so you can help answer questions. Be familiar with the material they are learning. Check their work when they are finished. Make homework time and family time and show them that you're just as committed to their education as they are. Knowing that Mom and Dad are on board can help them feel more confident in their abilities.


Know when to ask for help

Sometimes our children benefit from the help of an after-school program. If one subject is particularly challenging or if your child just needs an extra push, he or she might benefit from the help of a tutor. Kumon is an organization that provides help in both math and reading. Kumon's instructors can help your child catch up or provide your child with more challenging work if what's being assigned in school isn't challenging enough.

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