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Helping Children Succeed in School

Children spend half of their waking hours in school or doing school-related activities. Studies show that children whose parents are involved in their education do ​better in school than children whose parents are not involved. Parental involvement in children's education is a stronger indicator of student success than a family's cultural background or socioeconomic level, or a child's natural individual academic capability.

Here are two ways you can help your child succeed in school:

1. Set up a regular study time at home

Completing homework helps children learn and retain new information, improves their understanding of subject matter and enhances academic performance. Begin with small improvements and work toward establishing the ideal homework setting. Some helpful suggestions:

  • Choose a "learning-friendly" location.
  • Keep the area quiet and free of distractions.
  • Schedule a study time that best fits family routines.
  • Break up study time for children who have difficulty with concentration.
  • Require your child to finish his or her homework before enjoying other activities.

2. Communicate effectively with school staff

This may not always be easy to do, but it can be extremely beneficial to your child's success. Some helpful suggestions:

  • When attending school activities like conferences or open houses, be prepared to discuss concerns you want to address. If necessary, write down questions and take notes during discussions with teachers or administrators.
  • Begin communicating with school staff members when things are going well for your child. Don't wait until there is a problem to talk to teachers or administrators.
  • Let teachers know that you appreciate their work.
  • When there are problems, address them early, when they are small. Work with school staff members as a team to identify a problem, determine the best solution and follow through by taking action.