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
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
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:
Child's intellectual capabilities
Method of learning
Self esteem and self-control
Dedication and inclination to learn
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