Everyone is aware of the importance of education. Unfortunately, not everyone has access to it, which is one of the most important problems the world is facing. Also, those privileged to reap the benefits of educational programs sometimes fail to make the most of them, primarily because they don’t know who to learn effectively.
The problem only increases with the presence of so many distractors, such as mobile phones and tablets, and it is parents’ responsibility to make sure their kids don’t waste too much time when it comes to learning. That’s why it’s vital to remember that we have to be persistent and work towards helping our kids become independent and efficient learners. Here are some guidelines that should help you reach this goal.
You can’t control everything
Your kid will never become an independent and successful learner unless you stop controlling every single thing they do. In order to learn, they have to be given some freedom. That doesn’t mean you should encourage chaos and anarchy. On the contrary, you should allow them to have options related to their tasks and experiment with different approaches to learning. If they are allowed to make a choice, they’ll learn to associate the consequences with their decisions and make smarter ones in the future. Also, kids need freedom when it comes to extracurricular activities, which means they should be granted an opportunity to pursue their interests and passions outside school to keep them motivated.
Read to achieve
No one can deny kids prefer receiving information by watching rather than reading, but there can’t be any academic success if reading is neglected. The sooner a love for reading is ignited, the more likely they’ll be to breeze through all the academic challenges waiting for them. Reading will help them boost their vocabulary and learn how to process concepts. So, read to you kid every day before they learn how to read. Find out what they are interested in and read to them and you’ll see how their curiosity is aroused, which is something they’ll need later when they become independent learners.
Be there for them
We know how important parents’ emotional support is for both mental and emotional development of kids. The same benefit can be achieved when it comes to learning and education. So, find one of engaging early childhood education programs, which offers exercises suitable for your kid and which you can do together. This will strengthen the bond between you and your kid and help them understand you’ll always provide the right kind of support when it comes to their education. There will be moments when you won’t be able to help your kid, but they’ll need to know how to help themselves or where to turn to for assistance. That is one of the main characteristics of an independent and efficient learner.
Let them experiment
No matter how well you know your kid, it’s difficult to know exactly what kind of learning style suits them best. Also, it might be the case that different approaches will be required for different subjects, which is why you should allow your kid to experiment with a range of learning styles. The most important thing is not to impose the one you think is the best or the ones that worked for you. Let your kid figure out on their own what the most efficient method for them is.
Help them with organization
Very few kids can organise their time and space for learning efficiently and that is quite normal. That’s where you have to step in and help. It’s important that your kid has a place where they can learn without unnecessary distraction. It should be neat, tidy and well-organized, so that they can find whatever they need for learning. Also, make sure your kid is not overwhelmed with too many extracurricular activities, because that would definitely get in the way of studying. Find that fine balance between fun and school-related obligations, so that your kid has enough time for both.
If you follow these tips, you’ll be on the right track when it comes to helping your kid learn how to learn effectively, which is one of the most useful skills they can master.