It goes without saying that 2020 has been a difficult year for everyone. For kids, it has been especially challenging where school is concerned. With their 2019-20 school year cut short and the 2020-21 school year still uncertain, it’s no surprise that some children have fallen behind in their studies.
Parents play a pivotal role in helping their kids stay on track in school – now more than ever. The new school year is still young and there’s plenty of time, so without further ado, here are a few ways you can help your child catch up if their studies have suffered in 2020.
- Offer Help Studying and Consider Tutoring
Since grades are so important in high school (being a major determiner for college opportunities), you must provide the extra support and assistance they need when studying. For some subjects, you may be able to assist by quizzing your child, but in those that exceed your expertise, a tutor will be more helpful.
Consider high school English and math tutoring to ensure your child receives the help they need to achieve the best grades possible.
- Attend Parent-Teacher Conferences
Teens do better when they know their parents are on their side. Attending parent-teacher conferences is one way to support your child and stay in the loop. In high school, parent-teacher conferences aren’t usually scheduled unless there is a special need (i.e. falling below grade expectations, behavioral issues, or advanced learning possibilities). Whether your child has a special need or not, school employees are always happy to meet with you to discuss your concerns or to just touch base on your child’s progress throughout the year.
- Teach Organizational Skills
Organizational skills aren’t usually taught in school, but they are vital to the success of your children throughout their school years. It’s up to you to instill these skills, including time management, staying focused, and seeing a project through to the end. Help them develop these abilities, and your children will have the best possible chance of doing well and staying caught up.
Help your kids get organized by supplying folders, notebooks, and binders for each subject. Different colors will help kids identify quickly which supplies are for which subject. You can further help your children with time management by creating a calendar with each of them. This should list their classes and extracurricular activities, so they know exactly what they need to be doing at any given time during study periods.
- Insist on Proper Sleep and Eating Breakfast
Getting the right amount of sleep and eating a nutritious breakfast can help your child focus and do better in school. Unfortunately, most teens like to stay up late, sleep in, take naps, and eat unhealthy foods, none of which are conducive to success in school.
As a parent helping your child catch up in school, you must insist on a regular bedtime during the week and a proper breakfast each morning. Try to encourage the same sleep schedule on the weekend – no napping or sleeping in – to further instill a regular sleep pattern.
2020 has been a crazy year, especially for school-aged children. With all the chaos, it’s possible that your child has fallen behind. Rather than fret about whether they’ll catch up or not, give them the best chance to do so by following the tips outlined above in the new school year.