When getting your child to get back up to speed in their core studies, motivating them to complete their coursework can be challenging. Younger children have notoriously short attention spans, while teenagers love procrastination. Teens are easily distracted by TV, social media, friends, and so much more. Most parents find it really hard to track the study progress of their teens since online connectivity and study from home means they have access to the internet and social media sites 24*7.
To add to these difficulties, the Covid-19 crisis has compounded the stress youngsters face while studying. For parents, the challenge lies in encouraging and supporting their child to overcome the pressure without adding stress and tension. Parents need to balance pressuring children to study and allowing them to make mistakes and grow academically.
Having said this, what can parents do to safely get children back up to speed with their core studies? First, kids need a safe and secure environment where they can concentrate. Second, instead of punishing children when they don’t study or banning them from social media and other online activities, adapting them to a motivation-based model is more useful in the long term.
Let us look at how to safely get your child back up to speed in their core studies.
Change the Study Location:
How would you feel if you were forced to sit in the same place each day, surrounded by the same walls and revising the same books? Not too great, right? A change in the study location helps children focus better. You can change the room that your child studies in and opt for another place in the house, garden, backyard, or under a tree. If you add some healthy snacks, your child will feel better and start reading.
If you can drive, then taking your child to a wi-fi enabled café, the park, or another safe, quiet space can also motivate them to study. If you have a laptop and are currently working from home, you should also take your work with you and sit with your child in solidarity with their hard work. Changing the location to someplace your teen enjoys is an empowering experience and will help them feel like they are in control.
Get Additional Help:
Most parents assume that their teen knows everything in the books. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. While your teen may have started revising for the GCSEs, there is a high possibility that he/she would need a tutor or a specialist. Some subjects are trickier than others – like Science. You should search for reputed online GCSE science tutors to help your teen overcome difficulties.
As the child gets confident in studying the subject, they will show an interest in learning. Sadly, most children avoid challenging coursework because they do not understand it correctly. If this could be the case with your teen, getting him/ her some online help could make a world of difference.
While it is essential to keep track of your child’s progress as you guide them back towards taking an interest in the coursework, you should not hover. Constantly watching out might make your teenager feel caged, and he/ she may act out. Instead, let them know that you are there to offer a hot cup of chocolate or a snack whenever they want.
You can also let them know that you are ready to help them with their studies, and they can talk to you about any anxieties or difficulties. Making them feel like it’s their choice will actually help your teen communicate with you quickly. Simply asking if there’s anything you can do or get for them will also help them open up to you. Communication is vital when getting your teenager motivated to share concerns and issues with you.
Create a Study Plan:
Many times, children are overwhelmed by the amount of information they need to study for the GCSEs. Making a study plan with breaks will help them cover all the coursework and subjects on time. While making a study plan, always ask your child which topics are more challenging and require more revision. Adding extra study slots for those will allow a correct distribution of time.
Core studies usually also have tutorials and homework. If your child is struggling, you can add footnotes, reference notes, and other research material to help get them up to speed in their core studies. Additionally, you should make allowances for breaks, their timings, and homework schedules. Always ensure that homework schedules are separate from revision slots.