In junior and senior high school, young people are developing emotionally, intellectually, and physically. Parents can help their children be successful students by encouraging them in the following ways:
- Create a quiet space for homework to be completed. A place free from disruption and fully stocked with supplies (pencils, pens, paper, stapler, tape, calculator, etc.) is ideal.
- Communicate with them about their prep and any large projects or tests that are upcoming.
- Keep a family routine concerning dinner, prep and TV.
- Remember that intrinsic motivation leads to greater creativity. Allow them to try a variety of activities in order to find their true interests.
- Encourage them to keep trying when faced with a challenge. Remind them that you and their teachers are available to provide extra help.
- Encourage them to read if they want to improve their scores on standardised tests. The best way to improve reading comprehension and vocabulary is to read regularly.
- Help them to set realistic goals and work towards them systematically. Also, no matter what the goal (making a sports team, improving academic grades or learning a new skill) remind them that the journey is as important as attaining the goal.
- Allow them some freedom yet stay involved in their lives. We all learn through experience and sometimes failure is the best teacher.
- Praise them for their contributions to family, school, and community. This conveys a belief in their accomplishments and helps to build a positive self-image.