Supportive parents equal child's success in school

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Increasingly, academic success requires parents and children to work as a team. That's why it's important for parents to help children prepare by offering advice and tools that will further their academic careers.

Experts offer these tips to help parents help their children succeed all through the school year:

*Take advantage of all available educational resources for your child.

In a recent survey, 55 percent of readers say math is the most important course for their children's future success, so make sure your child has the right tools to achieve. Research has shown that students who use a graphing calculator at home and in class can do better in math.

*Make sure your child is prepared for high-stake tests, such as the SAT and ACT exams. Many parents are not aware that graphing calculators can be used on college entrance exams, giving students a leg up on their score. Students should check out PrincetonReview.com for resources that can prepare them for college entrance exams and even let them download free test prep questions to their graphing calculators.

*Take advantage of online homework help.

There are many study group and tutoring options available to help students. Online resources are available anytime your child needs help on their schedule.

*Communicate the benefits of math education.

Math is important regardless of what your teen wants to be in life. In fact, studies conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that people with strong math backgrounds are more likely to be employed and earn more over the course of their lifetime.

*Get to know your child's guidance counselor and teachers. At the beginning of the school year, become acquainted with your child's counselors and teachers and stay in touch. They have a wealth of information and can ensure that your child is taking the classes that will help to prepare him or her for a successful future.

*Set education and life goals with your children.

Before school starts, work with your child to create a list of goals he or she wants to accomplish during the coming semester, school year and beyond. Discuss careers and make sure they're choosing the courses they need to achieve their goals. Post the goals in a visible spot and review them with your child regularly to ensure you are both on track.

*Make their knowledge applicable to the real world.

Help them see how what they learn in school is important in real life, like how they can use math skills every day to make their financial choices and budget their allowances.

By being actively involved in their child's education, parents help ensure that their child will achieve the most out of their educational pursuits.