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09/08/2016

New School Year Resolution: Improved Parent-Child Communication

Not all students are able to quickly adjust to new situations. Even if your child is not starting the school year at a new school, the first month or so of the new school year can be a challenging period of readjustment. It is very important that you establish a good sense of communication with your child so that you can offer the support they need to have a better and more favorable school year.

Tips to Start Communicating Better With Your Child This School Year

  • You don't need to spend hours and hours talking with your child every single day to establish good communication. Instead, all it takes are a few quality minutes of truly avoiding distractions and connecting with your child.
  • Spending just 20-30 minutes a day conversing with your child can make a big difference in their confidence levels and academic performance. It doesn't need to be 30 minutes of just talking. You can split it into three 10 minute increments before school, after school, and before bed. Use this time to truly listen to your child.
  • Allow your child to tell you what they want to say and offer encouragement and maybe some input if necessary. The key factor is to listen to whatever it is they want to talk about.
  • If your child has a hard time communicating with you then try to start with some simple questions that are not yes or no questions and that don't lead to an argument. This quality time is not the time to ask them if they cleaned their room. It is the time to learn about anything that might be troubling them in regards to school or anything they are unsure about.
  • Ask them to tell you what their teachers are like or if they have any class that they feel is very difficult. If they do show interest in discussing their struggles, be sure to encourage them and reassure them that you are willing to help them in any way you can.
  • Offer to find a fun tutoring program if they feel like the class is going at a faster pace or if they are having trouble with certain academic areas. The Tutoring Center, San Ramon CA offers quality tutoring that will improve your child's academic experience. Help your child become a more successful student this school year. Contact The Tutoring Center, San Ramon CA by filling out the form here.

After School Questions for a More Effective Conversation and a Better School Year

  1. What was the best part of your day? If you just ask your child how their day was it is likely you may receive a one-word answer along the lines of ¨good¨ or ¨ok.¨ This question is more specific but still open enough so that they can give a detailed account or a more broad answer that gives you some insight as to how their day went.
  2. Is there anything you didn't like about your day? This is similar to the previous question but it focuses on the less positive aspect of their day. We all have a part of our day that we know could have gone better. Asking this helps your child to express the less positive aspects of their day.
  3. What was the most challenging class you had today and why? This is very important because it helps you to notice if there is a certain consistency in what areas they struggle in. It also helps them to realize when there is a certain class that they have a harder time with. This can help determine whether it is the teaching style or the subject that is causing them to have more difficulty in that class.
  4. Is there anything I can do to help you do better in school? This is a question you don't need to ask on a daily basis but you should ask your child periodically. It shows them you are interested in their achievements but that you are also there for them and that they are not alone in their academic journey. This is a great question to ask at the beginning of the school year and to discuss in detail with your child.

Ensure a More Efficient School Year For Your Child With Tutoring in San Ramon CA

Tutoring is a great way to help your child do better in school. It is the solution to many academic struggles that students face. The Tutoring Center, San Ramon, CA offers the most efficient Academic Programs that can help your child succeed. They have the perfect help for students that struggle in one or several areas and for those that just need to develop better study skills and learning abilities. Contact them at (925) 362-3320 for more information.

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