Believing that they are doing the right thing, the majority of parents help their children with their homework assignments and offer support to review and prepare for exams.

Of course, at an early elementary level, it is essential for parents to guide their children. They need to know basic things before attending school.

However, the parental omnipresence can quickly become a burden for the young child...

Full of anxiety and rarely effective, the help of mommy and daddy cannot hinder the work of the student who needs to learn to become more independent as he grows.

Nevertheless, many British parents no longer trust traditional school teachers. They think they know best and their child will respond to them more effectively. This point of view is highly mistaken.

Parents have begun to feel this way due to the overcrowded classes in elementary school and junior high. In this environment, school teachers cannot give each student the help it deserves and needs...

The risk of all of this?

Decreasing grades and frustration that could eventually lead to dropping out school which causes many issues such as social exclusion.

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Academic Support: Until What Age Should Parents Help With Homework?

Whether your child is elementary school, junior high, high school or even a college student, it is normal for parents to want to assist their children with their schooling.

In general, everything starts at the beginning of elementary school: thinking about entering a school for "big kids" in the future can easily stress students, especially knowing that homework will become more complex and difficult!

Therefore, it is of the utmost importance to make the student feel that he is not alone.

This is a crucial period for the student's future learning. The goal is to make studying fun and engaging and for that, there is no one better suited than the child's own Mum and Dad!

If you have the time and are available, help your little one with preparing for exams, reviewing homework and oral presentations.

In fact, the help a loving parent provides acts as a gateway to the future autonomy of the young pupil!

Your little Einstein is now ready to work on his own. Don't get too emotional when you cut the cord!  

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Parents want to help their children to succeed. They are also the best ones to help at an early elementary school stage. (Source: Pexels)

Here are some rules to remember to provide effective support:

  • Understand and know in which environment your child feels better in (in the evening, outside, with or without music and extrinsic distractions...),
  • Encourage discussion and communication to enable the student to better understanding statements and questions on his own,
  • Be honest and share your own personal experiences about what subjects you struggled with in the past. This will create a relaxed, stress-free environment,
  • Adopt a positive attitude and never criticize his or her teachers in front of them,
  • Never and I mean NEVER do the homework for your child! (Don't ever forget this one.)

When the student takes the big step and enters secondary school, there will be a lot of changes and adaptations during which you will remain as a distant support system.

After that, it's his game and he'll get to learn to play quite rapidly!

Of course, this does not mean that you will no longer help to answer questions and guide your child, however, the student should now be at a phase where he is autonomous and able to do his homework completely independently. The pupil knows that before he leaves for school the next morning his homework should be finished.

Check out what is waiting for you after school.

The pupil stills need to learn to work on things and come to conclusions on their own: mom and dad will not always be there holding your hand!

Find out why it is a good idea to secure academic support early in your child's academic career...

Can Parents Be Harmful to Their Children's Learning?

Parental aid is good, but is it really that effective?

Many educational specialists argue that parents are not correctly equipped to understand the homework that the Education System provides for their children.

Why?

Well, the answer is quite simple: The Times They Are a-Changin' (thanks Bob Dylan!) School programs, curriculums and generations change. Parents did not learn things in the same way their children are now learning.

Based on a recent study conducted, 5 out of 6 parents feel unequipped to help their children with homework in certain subjects, especially in math with 37% of parents finding this subject to be the most difficult.

The study states that 83% of parents who have children aged 9-13 admitted to pollsters that they were unable to do the homework assignments of their preteen. 

Justine Roberts of Mumsnet said something very interesting about mothers and fathers offering homework help in an article written by the Guardian:

"Can actually do more harm than good because you can confuse them by teaching them in a completely different way to the way their teachers teach them." 

This "help" can actually hinder the student's progress and make him feel discouraged and confused. This is the last thing loving parents want!

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Many well intentioned parents want to help their child with homework but they actually have no idea what they are doing! (Source: Pexels)

These statistics are not to make parents feel bad but they are here to show that parental help brings down the children's school results, regardless of their social background, race, country or employment.

According to an article written by The Conversation, a parent who tries to help too much (a helicopter parent) can do more harm than good. The help is no longer seen as beneficial and this approach can result in anxiety, stress, procrastination, lack of resilience and control in the young schoolchild. Pretty much all the qualities you don't want your child to ever have!

The child becomes stressed and is overly concerned about pleasing the parent which results in anxiety if the results are not positive.

Here are some useful tips to avoid becoming a helicopter parent: 

  • Let your child review his homework with a classmate,
  • Install learning applications or software to help your child work on his own,
  • Call a private tutor to assist with study skills,
  • Register your child to attend a tutoring centre during the summer or winter holidays,
  • Review online thanks to academic resources at your child's disposal.

To not work under so much tension, a little independence goes a long way!

Educational support by means of a private and personal advisor makes it possible to erase the mistakes of the Education System.

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School Support Services: Defining The Roles of Parents and Teachers

Contrary to what parents may say and believe, today's parents are not equipped with the right knowledge and tools to properly help their children academically. They do not know how to engage their children and they are not as familiar with the school subjects as they should be. This is of major concern across the world.

The little time some parents spend helping their child can be blamed on two factors:

  • The inability to fully grasp and understand their child's homework assignments. This can result in frustrating parents who do prioritize helping the young pupil,
  • An extremely busy and hectic schedule that leaves barely anytime for homework help.

What makes this all worse is that the 11% of parents who dedicate more than an hour, are often too intense and intervene way more than they should.

With the imbalances of too little and too much attention, students are confused and ask themselves: should I listen to my teacher or my parents?

The answer is clear: teachers know best.

Schoolteachers have attended university and are trained to deal with your child's needs. They also can identify when a parent is overly concerned with their children's academic skills. An educated teacher knows that this is poison for the pupil's school career.

On the other hand, there is an ongoing debate around homework. Many believe that the student should not have homework because he/she should have done all of their schoolwork during class time. While those on the other side of the debate strongly believe that homework demonstrates that child is learning and doing work.

If you are a parent who constantly questions the efficiency of the education system or have a child who is on the brink of dropping out of school, the perfect solution is hiring a private tutor who will provide supplemental guidance and empower your child to succeed!

Punctual, engaging, qualified, pedagogical and serious, a personal tutor is trained to offer extra school support and help students in difficulty.

A private tutor's goal is to assist student learning so that the pupil can have a successful academic year!

School subjects on the agenda:

  • Math,
  • English and Literature,
  • Geography,
  • History,
  • Biology,
  • Chemistry and Physics,
  • French classes,
  • Spanish classes etc.

The at-home private tutor is at your child's disposal to answer their questions and concerns and to provide the supervision and academic support that the young student needs, especially when preparing for that critical exam!

Academic Support Teacher: the Benefits of Hiring a Tutor

During home tutoring classes, the private tutor will not only provide homework help but will also be able to pass on academic skills, tips and tricks to the struggling student. This becomes a wealth of knowledge!

Today, private academic mentoring is on the rise!

Private tuition school coaching is much more individualized than the traditional lessons taught in regular schools.

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With more options now available for underprivileged children to have academic tutoring for free, you can save more money in your piggy bank! (Source: Pexels)

Through regular monitoring and intensive learning, the student can quickly boost his academic average while learning to be more independent. 

How so?

Through new educational techniques:

  • An online tutoring course,
  • Online exercises and tests through learning applications,
  • Possibilities of distance learning via webcam and Skype,
  • Methodology adapted to the level of the student,
  • Revision techniques,
  • Reviewing courses to overcome the student's academic difficulties,
  • At-home tutoring sessions,
  • Exam preparation thanks to academic support,
  • Personalized schedule adapted to the student's learning pace, etc.

The tutor will also act as an academic advisor who will guide your child to the appropriate training.

As a responsible parent, your role is to control, from a distance, the progress of your child without having to add any additional pressure that could cause the young pupil anxiety!

To practice the second language or to improve one's math skills, the student will no longer feel alone and will be able to benefit from a tailored, at-home study course prepared by a competent and scholarly tutor.

To avoid school-related stress and tension, private tutoring is the perfect remedy!

You can be sure that your child will avoid possible school failure due to dropouts and peer pressure since home lessons are often designed to boost motivation.

Homework will no longer be viewed as a burden but as a way to improve your child's academic studies!

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Some tips to help your kid with their homework

Setting boundaries and understanding the role that parents and teachers have in kids education is key to making sure that students can perform at their best, without any extra pressure or unrealistic expectations.

While formal teaching should be done specifically by school teachers and tutors (a topic we will address later), there are some ways in which parents can contribute to helping their kids with homework and schoolwork.

A recent opinion piece by the Harvard Graduate School of Education states that parents are crucial in creating spaces and rituals for children to do schoolwork at home. Some of the practices they suggest to make this happen are:

  1. Have children do their work at a communal table. Stay nearby, to alleviate the loneliness that some kids feel — and to prevent procrastination. As you can see, this first point is more about "accompanying" your kid and less about interfering in his or her studies. Your child needs an appropriate environment to study and do homework, a place and moment where they feel like they can concentrate and avoid any distractions. This is something that you can help provide and won't be seen as being a "helicopter parent".
  2. Ask your child to unload her backpack and talk through assignments. The idea here is to do a run-through of everything he or she needs to get done for the day. Going through it and having it written down is a great way to give them a little bit of mental structure and make sure that they have clear objectives in mind.
  3. Help your child make a "Done/To Do" list. Speaking about objectives, a "To Do" list is a great tool to keep them engaged and enthusiastic about homework. Every time they cross off an assignment, they will feel a small sense of accomplishment which will motivate him or her to keep going. If they feel comfortable doing it themselves, let them, eventually it will even become something they do automatically!
  4. Ask your child to put the assignments in the order he’d like to do them. Encourage him to explain his thinking — fostering a sense of control. This is super important to make sure they don't feel like you or anyone else is telling them what to do. They need to feel empowered and in control and like they are making the calls when it comes to how they want to work. Understanding themselves is also great practice to encourage logical thinking.
  5. Use a timer. Challenge your child to estimate how long an assignment will take, and ask if she wants to set the timer for that full amount of time, or less. Whether it is because of procrastination or difficulty, a big struggle when it comes to doing homework is time management. Setting a timer for assignments could help your kid out and make him or her feel more engaged in what they are working on. That said, if this practice is somewhat stressful for them, you will want to reconsider it. Ask him or her if they feel comfortable using a timer and let them set the time up themselves.
  6. Your role: To monitor, organize, motivate, and praise the homework effort as each piece is done. Remember that you are there as support, not as the main character. They will feel supported by you if you are not too overbearing but offer advice and support any time they need it. Also, it is good to tell them they have performed well, whether doing an assignment or getting good grades. This way, they will feel motivated to keep going!

Finally, if your kid is still struggling to make it work and can't seem to perform well at school no matter how many changes you implement, it might me time to get a personal tutor to help them out. But fear not, Superprof is here to help you find the right person for you and your child.

Finding a Personal Tutor in Superprof

If your kid is struggling with school and you feel like it's time to get them a tutor to help them out with homework, exams and overall performance, Superprof is here to help you!

We have a wide network of personal tutors who are more than ready to bring their knowledge to the table and get your child where they need to be in terms of school performance.

Finding a personal tutor in Superprof is super easy: you just need to go to the Search bar, look for the subject you need help with and enter your city, region our country. We will then show you a list of possible tutors that you can work with and you will be able to see their profiles and qualifications.

Feel free to check them out, but before you do, try to identify your needs and your children's needs in order to find the correct match for you both.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • What subject does my kid need help with?
  • Is there a particular exam or test that they need to pass or is the tutoring aimed at improving their overall performance?
  • How much time will they be able to dedicate to their private lessons?
  • What is your kid's personality? Do they need a more structured and strict tutor or will they fare with a person focused on ludic teaching?
  • How much are you willing to spend on personal tutoring?

Having clear objectives is the key to finding the right tutor for you and your kid. Then again, it is necessary for you to really go deep into the tutors' profiles and make sure that their qualifications match your expectations.

Here are some things to look out for:

  • Diplomas and certificates
  • Experience with pedagogic methods
  • Experience as a teacher or tutor
  • Experience tutoring kids that are the same age as yours
  • Teaching method
  • Hourly rate

You can also ask these questions on the first lesson. This first lesson is a "no strings attached" experiment, where both you and the tutor can get to know each other and see if your vision for your kids lessons are the same. Ask anything that comes to mind and make sure to be super clear about what you need from them. Once this open communication channel is set, it will be way easier for you to make a decision about signing your kid up for tutoring or not.

Another important thing is to look at other students' reviews. These reviews tend to be quite objective and give a good overview of what taking tutoring lessons with this particular person is like.

Once you find the perfect tutor, your life will change! Your kid's school objectives will become easier and you will finally feel like you can take a step back and let them both work on things themselves. What are you waiting for?

 

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