As your child progresses through their school years, the content that they must learn only gets tougher, more in-depth, and often more confusing. Long gone are the days where they can easily pick up on a new concept and apply it the right way, as there is a lot more questioning and practice involved.
So, what do you do if your teen is really struggling with their studies and having a hard time progressing at the “normal” rate? As a parent, you want to be able to do anything you can to help, so here are some tips you can use that can improve your teen’s home study efforts.
Consider an Academic Coaching Program
When you make the choice to homeschool your child, you are essentially taking all of the teacher responsibility on your own shoulders. While this is something you were obviously aware of and okay with when you made the choice, it doesn’t mean that it will always be simple and work out perfectly. Sometimes, outside help is needed.
It may not even be how you are teaching the content that is causing a problem, rather, it is the attitude or mindset of your teen. If you suspect this may be the issue, then you may want to look into using academic coaching. Academic coaching can help with those who lack focus, who give up too easily, seem forgetful, have poor organisational skills, and more.
Create an Environment that Encourages Studying
It’s also a good idea to look around your home with a critical eye and ask yourself if you are providing
In order to maximize space for an effective home study space you should include a desk, ergonomic seating, task lighting, storage space, and all the supplies they need. Of course, the home study space also needs to be distraction-free, so that means setting it up in a room with a television or other distractions isn’t ideal.
Offer Up Your Own Help
Sometimes, things can go a lot smoother when you have a home study buddy, and this may be what your teen is lacking. Offer to be their home study buddy if they don’t have one of their own. You can help them run through questions and mock quizzes, providing them with encouragement along the way.
Talk to Them About Any Concerns They May Have
Some things that can affect your teen’s studies is their own worries, self-doubt, and anxieties. It’s important to talk to them about how they may be feeling and if there is anything that is negatively affecting their ability to study.
By using these tips, you’ll be able to provide your teen with the help, support, and encouragement they need to start to improve and even excel in their home study efforts.