Ensuring Educational Achievement in Children - Practical Tips
By Andrew Loh
Helping children to achieve the best in classrooms and elsewhere is a
challenging task. A complex strategy involves a series of skills.
Parents and teachers may also need to develop verbal, visual,
kinesthetic, auditory and cognitive skills in their children. In
essence, education achievement may include academic, scholastic and a
range of other activities those are unrelated to the former two
activities. Some of the examples are as follows:
Classroom studies, project work and summative assessment: Here
summative assessment is the results obtained after conducting a series
of classroom tests and quizzes. Summative assessment is the summary of
results procured by children after their teachers evaluate their
All other academic achievements other than the above-mentioned ones are
graded as scholastic achievements. These could include activities like
IQ tests, debate and essay competition and a series of activities
related to literature.
Non-classroom and non-scholastic achievements: A child should
succeed in activities other than traditional classroom achievements. These activities are as important
and critical as any other classroom related activities. Children may
have a series of skills and talents along with academic abilities.
Parents should help their children achieve excellence in these areas as
well. Some of these activities are as follows:
Fine arts like drawing, painting, collage, de-collage, assemblage, calligraphy, music,
dance, drama, theatre and photography.
Indoor and outdoor sports
like Tennis, Football, Chess, track racing etc.
activities, games and exercises: Playing with brain boosting toys, board
and block games, word games, solving puzzles and riddles
Note: Most of these activities should focus on developing multiple
intelligences as suggested by Howard Gardner. By developing these
abilities, your child will develop cognition, muscle coordination,
muscle to mind coordination, auditory, sensory, visual, imagination and
kinesthetic skills. In summary, all these abilities and skills will
help the children to get better marks and grades their classroom.
Achieving excellence in education starts at home. Developing
primary skills like verbal, tactile and cognition will help children lay
a strong foundation for future success in school. Parents may want to
develop a generalized technique that stresses on a “demonstrate how-to”
approach, while training their children. Experts agree that modeling
approach is the best way to teach your children. If you show and
demonstrate them how to do or perform activities, you will help them
enhance their natural curiosity. Once children develop very high levels
of curiosity, they will need appropriate resources to kick-start
Some of the resources that you can provide children are:
Picture story books
Water color boxes
Note: All these basic learning tools will model
learning by doing and repeating. In addition, children will also develop
reading, writing and speaking skills.
Nothing happens until parents take an active part in the learning process. You should
provide children enough opportunities to learn and master different
skills. The main goals of this learning process are to develop reading,
writing and basic math skills. Here is how you can help children
streamline their basic learning skills:
Learning starts at birth: Remember that learning starts right after birth. How
well your young baby learns different skills within the first year of
its birth will decide the future level of academic excellence in the
classroom. Provide enough learning opportunities during this time.
Children are good learners: Accept the fact that
children are very good learners. To enhance learning, you should
cultivate the skills of inquisitiveness and curiosity that eventually
leads to academic excellence.
Demonstrate and show how:
Modeling is the best form of learning. You should demonstrate and
display how things and lesson are learnt and mastered. Show your
children how they can learn by modeling. Let them take the learning
process and proceed to master the basics.
recite: Read stories and lessons to your child and make it a
regular practice. Reading is a great habit and those who learn at an
early age will gain academic excellence.
relationship with teachers: Make time to meet your children's
teachers. Attend school meetings without fail. If you perceive that
there are some problems, do not hesitate to contact them to rectify
Identify your children's talents, skills and
aptitudes: Every child has his or her own talents and skills.
Try to identify them and nurture them so that they can achieve
excellence in a specific area.
Allow exploration and
investigation: You should allow your children the art of
exploration and investigation. Curiosity breeds learning by
Tips for ensuring educational excellence
Help children in their homework and projects. However, never ever
do their work as your own. Help them with tips and suggestions.
Monitor their progress on a daily basis. Note down if there are any
discrepancies. Contact their teachers in case of any problems.
Try to find out weaker learning areas. Improve them by seeking help from
Is your child a slow learner? Try to find it out. If he
or she is a slow learner, contact the teacher to discuss how he or she
can help create an effective learning process.
Try to find out the
learning style of your children. Children learn in different styles and
modes. Some children are kinesthetic in nature, while others are
auditory in approach. The former style may pose some problems in a
traditional classroom. If your children are of that type, then you may
need to combine different learning techniques to promote auditory
Every parent thinks that his or her children are
intelligent, smart and skilled. However, no child in this world is
complete and perfect. Invariably, every child will have some areas of
deficiency that might impede achieving academic excellence. Parents
should try to find out such areas and help them achieve educational
You Can Do It: How to Boost Your Child's Achievement in School
By Michael E. Bernard, Ph.D
Bernard, the founder of You Can Do It! Education, blends scientific data on pedagogy, personality,
and brain chemistry with practical tips on getting children to do homework, improve test performance,
set and reach goals, manage time, and achieve their potential. What parents do is key to their
child's achievement: certain parenting manners, such as calmness, firmness, involvement in education,
and using motivational methods, exert a positive influence on academic performance.
What children do--habits of mind such as risk taking, independence, optimism, high tolerance for
frustration, and internal locus of control for learning--is also key, contributing to happiness
as well as educational achievement.