A healthy routine is vital for a child to be successful at school and in their GCSE exams. Encouraging positive daily habits helps children break bad habits and encourages an achievement driven mentality. Some simple habits to incorporate into a child’s daily routine to improve school success include:
Fabulous is a science-based app that will help your child to build healthy rituals into their lives, just like an elite athlete.
Students are some of the most sleep-deprived demographics of our population. It’ll probably come as no surprise that sleep deprivation in young people has been linked to lower attainment in school due to the detrimental effect it has on memory, concentration, and the ability to learn.
Here are some easy steps you can take to help a student sleep better:
Primary school-aged children: 9 - 11 hours
Teenagers: 8 - 10 hours
Young adults: 7 - 9 hours
Healthy eating habits are especially beneficial for students taking exams or are under heightened pressure. To excel, children need to endure mentally tough challenges and maintain their positivity. Some healthy eating habits you could incorporate into your daily routine include:
The Ultimate Success Lunchbox
Wholegrain chicken and salad wrap
Bag of nuts
Carrots and a small pot of hummus
Bottle of water (with a squeeze of lemon)
In his insightful article Growing Up Digital: Wired for Distraction, Matt Richtel discovers how the digital age is affecting our children’s ability to learn. He summarises that young people’s minds are rewarded more readily in this digital age for the ability to switch quickly between tasks - as opposed to sticking on one task for a prolonged period of time. The latter is necessary for learning, so finding a balance is integral.
Instead of limiting use of technology, encourage ways students can use their laptops and mobile phones to benefit their grades. There are many apps you can download that can help your child organize their studies and block unnecessary distractions.
If your child should be revising, send them links to engaging educational channels on YouTube so you are taking an active interest in what they’re learning whilst encouraging meaningful uses for technology.
According to the UK’s Department for Education (DfE), “missing the equivalent of just one week a year from school can mean a child is significantly less likely to achieve good GCSE grades”.
When issued, this statement prompted parents across the UK to rethink term-time holidays, but there are still steps you can take to ensure your child has great attendance levels:
The key to being able to offer the best support to help your child succeed is being clued up on their academic performance throughout the year. If your child is on track to hit their predicted grades, that’s a sure fire way to know you’re doing something right. To make sure you know exactly how your child is performing, make sure you do the following:
From archery to football and pottery, many schools offer extra-curricular clubs that you might just be oblivious to. There are many studies that show the positive relationship between extracurricular activities and academic performance. They all conclusively show that students who participate in after-school activities achieve higher-grades, aspirations and positive feelings towards the environment.
Dinner time is your perfect moment to discuss if there are any activities your child be interested in taking up. Talk about any extra-curricular activities you took as a child, and how they have benefitted you in your life so far.
Did you know that 1 in 3 secondary school children has a tutor? Asking for help with your child’s education is nothing to be ashamed of and shows you are motivated to give the best support possible to help your child succeed.
An expert tutor can significantly help your child’s confidence in and out of school, motivate better revision habits and give your child that all-important boost when they need it most.