1. Stock up on school supplies. Check to see what supplies you have from the previous year before going out to buy new ones.
  2. Encourage your children to create a well-balanced schedule that includes appropriate time for school work, extra-curricular activities and leisure time. Parents should also allocate enough time on their own schedule dedicated to supporting their children’s extra-curricular activities.
  3. Have a good study space for your children. Create a clean, tidy, organized space where there’s plenty of lighting, quiet environment and with few distractions for your children to do their daily homework. Make sure all items needed for efficient work are available at the work space such as pencils, papers, rulers, dictionary, etc.
  4. Give your children words of encouragement every day. Avoid giving them negative feedback. Try to guide them to look on the bright side of every situation and empower them on effective decision making.  Also, make time to have meaningful conversations with your kids about other things beside school.
  5. Spend some time at the beginning of the year to get to know your children’s teachers. It’s important to set the pathway of communication for the rest of the school year.  Involved parents mean successful kids.
  6. Try not to compare your child with their friends, siblings, cousins or your own academic record. When you compare your kids, they may lose self-confidence and have lower self-esteem. Children learn at their own pace, some students’ interest in a particular subject develops later in life than others.
  7. Encourage your child to take on an extracurricular activity at school.   Students who engage in extracurricular activities such as sports, chess club, arts club, photography club tend to enjoy school much more than those who don’t.
  8. Seek professional help when you suspect that your child has a learning disability. There are many support systems available for students with learning disabilities. As soon you see some signs of a learning disability, consult with the teacher or the school principal.
  9. Get your children a tutor.  A tutor can help your children perform well in school and stay on track. In addition, your children can learn much more from the tutor such as note taking techniques, organizational skills, test taking tips, communication skills and many more. Having a tutor is like standing on the shoulders of giants:  your children can see much farther ahead.

Kevin Pham