We all want to see our children excel in their endeavours, and we are always willing to help them achieve success. As parents, your most significant contribution is ensuring that your child gets the best education possible so that they can reach their true potential.
At The HDFC Schools, we encourage parents to partner up with our teachers, so that together we can help your child get the best education. We create the environment for their holistic development at school, and help you create the right setting at home to keep them learning and developing. This is one of the many reasons why we have consistently ranked among the best schools in Bengaluru, Gurugram and Pune.
In this article, we will discuss practical steps that you can take as a parent, to help your child get the most out of their education.
Here are effective strategies for supporting your children in their schoolwork and fostering academic success.
Your child’s school will be their second home for many years to come. To help your child get the most out of all that time, you need to select a school that helps them develop a well-rounded personality. Of course, academic success is most important, but children should also be able to explore their interests outside the classroom so that they can truly develop holistically.
Read our guide on how to choose the right school for your child.
Trying to do something is the best way to learn how to do it. This practical, learn by doing approach has long proven to be the most effective way that kids learn. At The HDFC Schools, we help children learn through our project-based approach. We involve them in practical activities that help them understand the subject matter at a far deeper level. This wouldn’t be possible if they were to only read the concept from a textbook or listen to a teacher’s explanation of it. We know this approach works, because our entire curriculum and pedagogy is built on a project-based learning approach. So we encourage you to try it at home too. Try doing some easy science experiments with your child, or play a new sport with them.
Homework, by design, is meant to help a child learn and practice beyond what is taught in school. While it may be difficult to find the time to help your child with their homework, it is a very important part of ensuring that they get the most out of their education. It also strengthens your child’s bond with you. They won’t feel as overwhelmed by homework if they know they have a reliable partner to help them out if needed.
Keep in mind though, that you are acting as a guide when your child needs it. Encourage them to try doing the homework exercises themselves and ask for help if needed.
Make sure to ask your child about what they learnt in school that day. If you have knowledge about the topics, ask your child a simple question or two about it (in a friendly way) to see how much they learnt, or explain something in more detail than they currently know. This will help your child understand the topic better and encourage them to ask more questions. This way, you’ll also get a better understanding of what subjects your child enjoys learning.
Getting a good night’s sleep will help your child stay alert in class and active outside the classroom when they are at school. This will help them absorb much more information and knowledge.
Also, try to ensure that your child eats a nutritious breakfast before going to school, and also packs a healthy lunch to have the energy for the afternoon. Keep your breakfast and lunch prepared the night before if time is a constraint in the mornings.
Lastly, make sure that your child is punctual, as this is a core discipline they will need to learn in order to do well in school and in life.
Help your child out by providing them with the right technology so that they can get their work done faster, and also learn in a more engaging way. For example, teach them small formatting tips in Microsoft Word or how to make a chart in Excel. Show them how to search on Google to find the information they need. This way, they’ll do their homework faster while also learning more about technology.
Tip: Encourage them to learn about AI tools like chatbots, writing assistants and image generators, but make sure that they aren’t relying on these tools for their homework, projects or learning in general. These tools will hamper your child’s ability to learn if they use them in the wrong way. They are also known to provide unreliable information many times.
Make sure to attend all Parent-Teacher Meetings at your school. Actively engage with each subject’s teacher and take their constructive feedback on your child seriously, even if it sounds a little critical at times. Like yourselves, the teachers also have the best interests of your child in mind. Act on their feedback and encourage your child to do the same.
Sometimes, you might need to remind your child that teachers have their best interests at heart, and that it is for their own benefit that they must follow the instructions of the teacher. Try to paint a picture of the future if the child follows through on the teacher’s advice. Perhaps a child might struggle with lower self-esteem because of low marks in a class test. Encourage them to study harder for the next test, and let them know the boost their confidence and self-esteem will receive when they score much better on that test.
Last but by no means least, as a parent you need to be celebrating your child’s success and achievements. This not only boosts their confidence and self-esteem, it also motivates them to give their best efforts moving forward as well. While their internal motivation to do well will be the strongest driver of their performance, these rewards will help strengthen that internal motivation.
If your child is regularly doing well in school, you might develop a tendency to take it for granted that they will get good results. Nevertheless, you must make it a point to reward your child for their efforts and achievements. This will show them that their efforts are noticed and appreciated.
Helping your child get the best education possible requires time and effort from you as a parent. You need to be actively involved in your child’s learning journey right from selecting the right school, helping them with homework, making sure they are well prepared for school and engaging with teachers to support the child’s learning.
At The HDFC Schools, we have made sure to meaningfully align ourselves with parents’ aspirations for their children. We help develop young children into people with well-rounded personalities who are able to take on life’s challenges and opportunities, armed with the practical skills and experiences they have gained while still in school.
We sincerely hope that this article provides you with the actionable information you are seeking to help you give your child an excellent education.