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What Families Can Do To Help Their Children Succeed Academically

on March 2, 2015

Research shows that students who believe in and have the following characteristics do better at school. Helping your children succeed academically can be as simple as teaching your children these 4 important attributes or qualities. If children can answer “yes” to each set of statements under the attibutes then their chance of success is greater.

1. Teach them to believe they can succeed academically

 I can do even the hardest homework if I try

I can learn the things taught in school                                                                          Families-Teachers-210x312[1]

I can figure out difficult schoolwork

2. Inspire internal motivation to learn

I want to understand how to solve problems

I like to look for more information about school subjects

I want to learn new things

3. Teach them to manage their own learning

I ask myself questions as I go along to make sure my homework makes sense to me

I try to figure out the hard parts of my schoolwork on my own

I go back over things I don’t understand

I try to find a place that makes it easier to do my homework

4. Train them to know how to ask for help- especially from teachers

I can get along with most of my teachers

I can go and talk with most of my teachers

I can get my teachers to help me if I have problems with other students

I can explain what I think to most of my teachers

I ask the teacher to tell me how well I’m doing in class

Hoover-Dempsey, K., Sandler Howard., et al. Model of Parent Involvement, student survey data from Nebraska PIRC and Iowa PIRC (I-SPIN).  

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