Wyzant.com currently has the largest network of certified tutors available on the web – over 66,000 and counting- which means exclusive access to top study tips and proven practices to help students succeed in the classroom. While the majority of learning happens at school or during private tutoring sessions, there are some actions that parents can take at home to contribute to their child’s overall academic success.
After reviewing hundreds of tips submitted by our network of private tutors, we found the following to be the most commonly reported:
1. Ask your kids to teach you what they learned during their lesson. “The most important feature of an engaged student is critical thinking. Critical thinking is understanding a subject in your own words, and being able to explain the subject to others,” says Wyzant language tutor Rachel M., from Evanston, IL. Pretend that you’re unfamiliar with the topic and encourage your child to play teacher!
2. Initiate positive and open communication. “Always discuss the lesson and tutoring session with your child. Find out what is going on,” says Wyzant tutor Valerie J. from Dallas, TX. The more you communicate the less you have to read between the lines to find out where and why they are struggling. In certain cases, the method of teaching can conflict with a child’s learning style, which is why Wyzant offers a good fit guarantee for each student.
3. Emphasize a healthy mind and body! “This means eating right, getting enough sleep,” says Wyzant test prep tutor John B. of Harleysville, PA. Many outside factors can affect sharpness in the classroom. While it’s impossible to control all aspects of your child’s day, a consistent bed time and balanced meals are important habits that can be established in the home. Help your child reach their potential.
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