5 Ways To Increase Your Child/Ward’s Academic Performance

Submitted by Ernest Agbonlahor.

“A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.” – George Santayana.

Charles’ grades have dropped again – a bitter complain erupted from his concerned mother whose tears had soaked the result sheet of her once upon a time brilliant boy.

Though internally bittered myself, as Charles’ result consecutively dropped from 1st to 7th position in two terms, I watched things otherwise.

Charles my young boy had always been doing excellently well in school until recently. I noticed Charles’ new teaching style was totally different from my son’s learning style. While she prefers to copy notes, my son prefers to listen.

Deep concern to restore joy in my home and raise my boy’s esteem back on track prompted my immediate findings.
These findings will really be of help to you if it’s well imbibed.

There are factors responsible for children/ward’s or anyone’s academic performance.

These factors if carefully followed, will ensure the such person’s excellent performance.

  1. Identify the learning method of the ward.

“Every student can learn. Just not on the same day or in the same way.”
– George Evans

To get the best out of your child, his/her best learning method needs to be carefully studied. These includes:

  • Audio learners : Students in this category learn majorly by just hearing the Teachers’ thoroughly teaching. These students can do well under teachers who explain lessons by oral methods.
  • Visual learners : The visual learners must always see. For these wards, their eyes happens to be their strong access point for learning.
  • Audio-visual learners : The audio-visual learners combine the audio and visual learning process for learning. It is quite difficult to decipher whether it is visual or audio learning that fits these wards, therefore, the combination of both is encouraged.
  • Manual learners : These students learn by re-writing notes over and over again. They’re master note writers, they derive joy in learning and therefore, will always practice before exams as if they’re already in exams condition. They see note taking as a hobby and their notes are always up to date.
  • Practical learners : These learners have to repeat the process over and over again. These wards do better in practical classes like baking, weaving, drawing and other practical subjects. When the learning process is discovered, what wards and guardians should do is to feed the process that is most convenient for the ward and effectively use it.

“All of us do not have equal talent, but all of us should have an equal opportunity to develop our talent.” – John F. Kennedy.

However, the guardian should learn ways to develop the other process of learning for the child and efficiently focus.

2. Understanding Teaching Methods.

“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” – Ignacio Estrada.

The teaching methods are just like the learning methods.
It must be noted however, that teaching methods of the teacher largely determines the assimilation level of the child.
Be that as it may, guardians should ensure they understand the wards’ learning process and explain to the teachers.

3. Clear distractions:
Distractions like excessive watching of cartoons and other television programs should be avoided.

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” – Groucho Marx.

Likewise, there should be time for everything because the playing is also a pivotal part of the ward’s psychological development.

Quality education programs can be introduced, like encouraging wards to watch Nat-Geo Wild. It will boost their imaginations and curiosity.

4. Effective follow-up systems:

“We should seek to be fellow students with the pupil, and should learn of, as well as with him, if we would be most helpful to him.”. – Henry David Thoreau.

This can also be referred to as the “check – check”. It is consistently following the academic performance of your child daily.
Check the notes
Check for assignment
Check for Class Teacher’s communication book and reply regularly.

5. Reward system:

“Correction does much, but encouragement does more.” – Goethe.

I can never forget my mother for this. She rewarded me everytime I did well in school by getting me a gift.
It works till today. Forget the myth that says rewarding the ward will spoil him.
Reward the teachers too, it is very important, it will motivate the teachers to do more.

The academic performance of your child is not only limited to the teacher but a collaborative efforts.

I hope this helps you, your wards and students.

I’ll love to know your thoughts about this piece. May I humbly thank you for reading.

You can reach Ernest Agbonlahor on his Instagram page.

Published by Adekunle Writes

Adekunle is the author of a poetry collection, 'Arise Nigeria'. A young writer, Adekunle is a correspondent at Church Times Newspaper and Contributing Editor for Interviews at OPEN: Journal of Arts and Letters. He's the recipient of Daily Trust Newspaper's Poet of the week, January 2019. Follow me on Instagram on https://instagram.com/adekunlewrites https://platform.linkedin.com/badges/js/profile.jsAdekunle Adewunmi

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