How can I be a better student

The secret of good students

Before parents consider their children to be gifted when they bring home poor grades, they should ask themselves how they can support their offspring themselves. In Germany in particular, the success of children in school depends to a large extent on their social background and the conditions at home. “Many studies show that the school success of a child in Germany is less, the lower the socio-economic status and the vocational or school education of his parents. On the other hand, positive values ​​on the subject of education go hand in hand with higher school success for the child, "says education researcher Nele McElvany. Josef Kraus, President of the Teachers' Association, sums it up:" If it doesn't work at home, it won't work at school either. "

According to the 2009 Pisa study, parents have a greater impact on their children's school success than teachers and lessons combined. Ex-school principal Adolf Timm therefore sees the parents' duty above all. Together with youth researcher Klaus Hurrelmann, professor of public health and education at the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, and head of the Shell youth study, he has developed a training program that aims to turn parents into learning coaches for their children. He is convinced: “The school and especially the parental home awaken the joy of learning when they do not fill barrels but ignite flames, as the Greek philosopher Heraclitus put it. A child needs parents who see themselves as learners, see the family as a place of learning and give the child the signal that they trust them, but also expect something from them. This strengthens the child's 'positive self-assessment' - and that is a crucial prerequisite for school success. "

Parents serve as role models

Children need security and stability. This is how parents convey self-confidence and a positive attitude towards life to their child: Show him your love and appreciation every day. Take it seriously. Are you interested in his wishes, dreams and worries. Show him that you believe in him and that he is a valuable person regardless of his or her accomplishments. Diverse suggestions encourage curiosity: books, reading and reading aloud, joint activities and discovery tours. This is how parents convey education as a worthwhile goal. Children follow their parents' example: if father and mother have a wide range of interests, are committed and show perseverance, when things get difficult, they show their children the right way. Children should experience their parents as learners who are open and optimistic about challenges.

Promote (self-) motivation: Support your child's interests and self-discovery learning. Encourage them to try new things, to do things better or differently - at their own pace. Children need support in learning, but also the freedom to try things out for themselves. It is therefore important that they learn to work independently. It is enough for parents to offer support; you don't have to impose it. Intervention is only necessary if concentration disorders or school problems arise. Are you interested in your child's school and learning behavior. Find out when and how best to learn. You can help them discover effective techniques that help focus and make learning easier. Don't take school and grades too seriously. Avoid putting undue pressure on your child.

For further reading

  • Adolf Timm: The laws of school success: The advanced training book for parents.
    Kallmeyer Verlag, 19.95 euros
  • Prof. Dr. Klaus Hurrelmann, Adolf Timm: Children, education, future.
    Velcro cotta, 19.95 euros
  • Christoph Eichhorn: Good parents help out with bad grades.
    Velcro cotta, 14.95 euros
  • Antoine de LaGaranderie and Daniel Arquie: Successful learning can be learned
    Ariston, 14.90 euros

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