It can often be hard to communicate with teachers and tutors. In between the busy-ness of life, interaction with teachers can deteriorate. But keeping up with your students learning both via communication with their teacher and tutor is important to stay a valid member of their support network. But to help out, we’ve combined a few of our common tips and tricks from tutors for the parents out there.
Don’t be afraid to communicate or reach out. Taking pride and interest in your student’s learning will always be a good thing. Being in constant communication with your tutor and teacher ensures you are up to date with what your student is doing. It also allows for issues or concerns to be discussed as well as the improvement your student has made. In knowing your student’s strengths and weaknesses, it also allows you to help with better knowledge of what’s going on at home.
Try not to compare your students progress or learning with peers and other students. It can be very easy to slip into the habit of comparing with the student next to yours. It’s important to remember that not everyone learns at the same rate or with the same persistence. Making sure that you are focusing on your student and their progress only, will keep those nagging thoughts to look over at bay.
Advocate for your child and their learning. If you feel your child is disadvantaged or you want further stimulation, again communicate with your teacher. Making sure that your student is both challenged and encouraged is not nagging, it’s sticking up for your child and their learning which is extremely important. Not only will it advantage your student, but it will teach them to stand up for their own learning and follow suit.
Relate learning and the lessons learnt in the classroom to real life. Students can often be disappointed or confused when they try to apply what they have learnt to something tangible in their world. It can create a change in attitude and a negative perspective on their learning. In promoting the ways learning is utilized both at home, in the workforce and to function, students can find a new sense of appreciation for their learning.
Prioritizing your student’s learning and communicating with your tutor or teacher is vital for their growth. Keeping up to date with what’s going on and maybe what’s going wrong will only advantage your student.