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Parental support:

How to prepare OakEdu membership?

  • Define the goals: very specific (ex. "French grade to become A") or more generic (ex. "self-confidence, encyclopaedic knowledge, genius"). Clarify the expectations with the tutor.
  • Talk to the child about why you feel tutoring is so important. Explain all the benefits in words and examples which the child can understand. The child may be resistant to the idea of needing extra help or be embarrassed about it. Taking the time to be supportive and encouraging can make a big difference.
  • Verify with the child, the child's teacher and relatives: find out if tutoring is making a difference?
  • Ask the tutor to adjust the teaching style with the child's personal style: structured or flexible approach?
  • See the first step in assessment.

How parents can help?

  • Help the child establish good study habits, especially taking notes, reading, preparing for test
  • Make a routine within a fixed time period / place to do homework
  • Behave like a coach, neither a crutch nor the police
  • When you know what subject the child is weak in, make sure she/he tackles this task first.
  • Make the child conscious about time wasters, when activities are planned, when to take some free time
  • Make sure the child uses an assignment notebook to record what homework for which day
  • Establish an official "Homework Room " supplied with pencils, paper, files, calculator, compass...
  • Make sure this room is free of disturbances like TV, computer, phone, talks, other people
  • Verify from time to time the variation of the amount of homework and watch for fatigue, anxiety, headaches, sleep disturbances, stomachaches as signs of overwork; assign breaks in case
  • Regulate the workload to make sure it is neither too much nor too little
  • Explain why there is homework to complete, before resorting to prodding, threatening or punishing
  • Verify from time to time the progress made towards completion of the homework
  • Spend at least a few minutes daily inquiring what your child has learnt today in school
  • Give your child a daily "dose" of reading aloud, writing, math, even if it is only for a few minutes
  • Involve the child in setting up shopping lists, to-do lists, opening mails to practice reading/writing
  • Make sure the child asks the tutor or a classmate for help if something is not understood
  • Answer all questions posed by the child and demonstrate how you research to get the answer
  • Support publicly and praise the child, lend courage, stability, gentle pushing
  • Make sure you keep the tutor informed of any change of address, telephone number and email
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