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Ensuring Educational Achievement in Children - Understanding the Basics

By Andrew Loh



For a child who studies in a school, satisfactory academic achievement becomes a big necessity. Today's competitive world needs children perform well in their classroom as almost all areas of life are related to educational qualification. Falling academic performance may influence the psyche of both children and their parents. Unfortunately, some children's academic performance falls seriously short of their perceived potential.

How a child achieves the best in education depends entirely on his or her parents and largely on the teachers. At home, parents can be the source of encouragement to their children and help them reach the best in their school. The act of achieving the best in the school should be an important goal for all parents. Teachers and instructors form the important components of the entire process apart from the parents who must show patience and tolerance to train their children.

Let us understand, what exactly achievement is as explained by well-known literary sources. According to Dictionary.com, achievement is “Something accomplished, especially by superior ability, special effort, great courage, etc.; a great or heroic deed: his remarkable achievements in classroom studies."

One can achieve the best in any field of interest. Let us consider our children in this example. Achievement with reference to children means (in a general sense) success realized in a traditional classroom or out of it, in a specific areas like academics, arts, science, music, sports or any other areas, where a child has the opportunity to excel and become the best. Achievement in education is possible with hard work and dedicated efforts. Once a child achieves the best, he or she can improve several life skills as well.

Educational achievement could be segregated into two specific areas - academic and non-academic. Let us not confuse achievement as achieving the best only in academics. Please remember that there are numerous non-academic areas, where your children can achieve excellence. For example, appropriate brain development occurs, when children develop different types of intelligences.

Here are some tips and suggestions to support your children in their academic success.

Recognize sincere efforts: Recognition is an important tool to enhance educational achievement among children. Make sure to recognize your children's efforts to achieve the best in their classrooms. Pat his or her back for good grades. Encourage and support to achieve better in case children report unsatisfactory grades. If possible, recognize the sincere effort with a small reward. In case of unsatisfactory grades, sit down with your children to know why there was a dip in the performance. Self-confidence and self-esteem will improve when you help them during a crisis.

Involve yourself in the school activities; Available research findings suggest us that children of parents who participate in school's activities are better students, that get better grades on a consistent basis. Make sure that you are there, when your children need you. Show your children that you are in their school to help them with academic and non-academic activities.

Measure children's abilities: How capable your children are? What are your expectations? How high you want to set the bar for your children. Do you find any mismatch between your expectations and their actual academic abilities? Contact their class teachers to conduct review of their current classroom performance and seek ways to improve it. Inquire about classroom behavior. Poor behavior can hurt school grades apart from possible disruption in the classroom activities.

Be in touch with children: Proper communication is necessary to ensure that you learn about any problems that your children may face in the school. Talk to your children as soon as they return from their schools. Be discrete when asking questions. Never ever, pressurize your children to answer. Ask questions that lead to valid answers.

School days are the most important stages of development. A child undergoes several and remarkable changes throughout the school days. Some of these changes relate to physical, social and emotional stages. Sudden academic demands and difficulties of a classroom can exert too much pressure on a child's psyche. Academic and educational success could become more difficult for children.

Home and school are the two important environs for achieving academic excellence. The lack of parental involvement may have a significant bearing on the educational achievement of children. At times, educational achievement will dip down in the classroom because of numerous factors like difficult structure of school, complex nature of the classroom curricula and school's reluctance to involve parents with the schools' activities.

The other important factors are:

  • Personality traits

  • Family support

  • Child's intellectual capabilities

  • Method of learning

  • Attitude

  • Self esteem and self-control

  • Dedication and inclination to learn

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