African Parents: Here’s How You Can Make Your Kids Perform Better Academically

Several parents face huge difficulty trying to ensure their kids succeed in their academics. Don’t worry, we’ve come up with creative ideas to make it easier. Here are things you can do to ensure your child has academic success:

1. Pay attention to your child’s skills:

They may not be good at everything, so don’t push them too hard when they really don’t enjoy something or they’re not getting top marks in a certain subject.

Don’t just push them to be better at the subjects they’re not excelling at. Their best might not result in A’s in some subjects, but as long as they are still working at it and passing (and not giving up!) then let them know that’s OK.

Rather push them harder at what they’re really good at. Teach them to know their strengths, and to put even more effort in so that they really excel and feel great about themselves in the process. This means that when it comes to study time, it’ll be a far less pressured scenario.

2. Learn something new for yourself:

Teach your child that learning continues throughout life, and show them your ongoing thirst for knowledge to inspire them to do the same.


What have you always wanted to learn? Learn a new language or instrument, take up cooking classes, get that skill you’ve always dreamed of having – whatever it is, it’s never too late to learn. Your child won’t have any excuse not to work hard to achieve success if they can see you’re doing exactly the same. You can even set scheduled study time together so you’re both in the same boat.

3. Learn something for them:

If there is a specific subject that your child struggles with, consider looking at extra lessons or tailored online courses.

Some digital learning platforms such as TED CTalks offer talks and courses to help you, help your child study better. You can do the courses in your own time on a smartphone, tablet or laptop, and it’s broken down into manageable chunks so as not to take up too much time in any one day.

4. Read, read, read:

Read everything. Read to your children, read with your children, encourage them to read in their own time, let them see you reading in your free time.

It doesn’t matter too much what they’re reading – be it fantasy novels, magazines, comic books, classic fiction, short stories, or poetry, as long as they are reading. If your child is permanently glued to their phone, then go digital. y


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