• How to Tutor Your Child Without Spoon Feeding Her

    Here are the ways to deal with your child’s homework — without providing her with all the answers!
    by Edukasyon.ph .
How to Tutor Your Child Without Spoon Feeding Her
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  • From the moment he entered his first class in preschool, you have carefully watched and supported your child as they develop and advance their education. From packing her lunches and preparing her school bags, to helping her with their school assignments, each one was a moment you didn’t want to miss.

    As your child grows up, however, the same techniques when she asks for help — “Ma, paturo po ako dito sa assignment ko” or “Pa, ano pong sagot dito?” — may not always be as effective, especially when she gets to the big school. While it seems difficult to figure out how to support them, never doubt that your involvement is critical to their development.

    So how can you facilitate a more independent style of learning? Here are some ways to deal with your child’s homework — without providing her with all the answers!

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    How to encourage healthy study habits

    Provide a conducive environment.

    These healthy study habits must be those they can follow, and they have a homework-friendly area where they can review their lessons, or do their projects. Bonus tip: Keep their fave supplies like pens, papers, scissors, and organizers within their reach.

    Keep distractions away.

    We're talking about television, loud music or conversations — it should be kept from a distance as much as possible. Even their phones can be a distraction, so it’s important to set clear boundaries in phone usage especially during study time.

    Help your child get organized.

    Ask them to make a plan by breaking up big tasks into smaller chunks. Create a calendar with dates for exams, long-term projects, and daily activities so that they can track the timeline for when tasks should be accomplished on time.

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    Give breaks between study hours.

    It is a common sight for students to stay up all night juggling all sorts of school assignments to keep up with all the academic demands. However, it is also essential to make sure that your child gets enough rest and extra-curricular activities so he won’t get burnt out. Together, you and your child can figure out a regular study time that best works for them.

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    How to support your child with a positive, ready-to-learn attitude

    Ask for help from others.

    It may have been decades since you’ve had lessons in Math, and now your child is home with a bunch of books and homework to answer. If you don’t feel capable enough to help your child with his assignment, there are other ways you can support them. You may not understand every subject, but you can have a talk with her and listen to what your child is struggling with during class. Is there an instruction in his assignment that he did not get clearly? You can contact his teachers for clarification, or help her in asking other classmates or people who are more knowledgeable on the subject.

    Remember you don't have to learn everything yourself.

    You can still help your child with their lessons by encouraging them to try other supplementary learning platforms like educational videos, online courses, and educational apps. Joining organizations, extra-curricular activities, or volunteering can also help increase their interest in school.

    Learn together.

    Is your child having a hard time understanding Science? Why not take her to an interactive science gallery like The Mind Museum? Does she need some writing inspiration? You can set a movie night with the whole family with a theme based on some of the greatest literary treasures in history. The possibilities are endless!

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    How to guide your child towards self-sufficiency

    Provide a genuine support system.

    Parent involvement tends to drop as students move from preschool to high school significantly. However, with all the mental, physical, and emotional demands as they go up the ladder of higher education, this is also a time when students need parental guidance the most. Showing and making them feel your genuine love and support is the best way to help them get through their struggles. Let your child know that they don’t have to face this alone.

    Assist but don't do it all.

    Encourage your child to voice out her concerns, but let her try to address these problems themselves. Listen to your child, and together, you can weigh options and come up with the best solutions. The goal is to guide her in becoming self-sufficient and independent.

    With these in mind, you are not only able to support them with their studies, but also prepare your children as a responsible adult in the future.

    Edukasyon.ph is the number 1 EdTech startup in the Philippines that helps senior high school and college students make better-informed decisions through a one-stop platform offering education options and advice. Students can search and apply for more than 13,000 schools locally and abroad, more than 20,000 tracks and courses, and 4,000 scholarships from foundations, private institutions, and government agencies. For more information, visit blog.edukasyon.ph

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