Five tips for learning

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General Birth to 18 years

You are your child’s very first teacher and you can continue to help them learn, right throughout their schooling.

Here are some tips:

Praise effort and achievement

Your child thrives on authentic encouragement and praise. This increases their self-esteem and confidence, which can help them to do better at school. Encourage your child with genuine, positive feedback about their effort and achievements.

Have high expectations

Talk about realistic goals with your child and help them to set their own goals. If they have a setback, encourage your child to learn from their errors and move on.

Active listening

You can encourage most reluctant talkers to engage in conversation simply by listening to them. Use techniques that encourage further discussion, such as eye contact, posture and mirroring.

Make learning fun

Learning is more than just studying textbooks. You can help your child with numeracy and literacy by playing games, talking and reading together. As your child gets older, you can still play games (such as board games and cards), talk to them about books and films, and discuss news and current affairs with them.

Strengthen the communication lines between you and your child’s teachers

Both you and your child’s teachers want your child to reach their learning potential. Foster a strong relationship with your child’s teachers through respectful communication and by engaging in school activities.

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