Are you looking at taking an active interest in your child’s homework and study routine? Follow these tips to help your kid be a whiz at pop quizzes and tests this year.
As the school gates reopen for the new year, some Aussie parents are feeling the strain as they gear up to help their children prepare for this year’s education milestones such as NAPLAN. However, parents can be supportive in many different ways and don’t have to spend hours hunched over their child’s desk any more.
According to research commissioned by Samsung Electronics Australia, nearly half (44 per cent) of Australian parents are unaware of educational apps available on mobile devices and 43 per cent of those surveyed agree that technology plays an important part in preparing for upcoming exams such as the NAPLAN.
“Australian kids love technology. However, it can be hard for parents to find the right balance between giving their children access to technology and ensuring that it is not just treated like another toy,” said Jenny Goodridge – Head of Content and Services, Samsung Electronics Australia.
Here are some top tips to guide the way:
1) Be supportive - The parents surveyed were either completely or very likely to assist their children in preparing for NAPLAN by encouraging kids to study (66%) and helping with homework/assignment (54%). The SkillsBuilder app in particular is a great tool to help kids familiarise themselves with the format of NAPLAN tests
2) Do your own homework - what else can you get out of this mobile device? While 47% of parents agree that apps are useful study tools, they are the least used tool with only 7% currently using these as a resource. Many are unaware of educational apps available on mobile devices, so it’s a good idea to do your own homework and research what apps are out there. Mathletics Student and Skillsbuilder are both great examples of apps that can help you out!
3) Use Visual aids – This is ideal for kids who are visual learners. By having stimulus all around them to look, this is a great way for kid’s to retain important information. This can be in the form of pictures, videos or graphics created on your mobile tablet.
4) Think outside the school yard - When it comes to tools and resources for your kids think about looking outside of what the school provides. 29% of parents surveyed suggested they were very or completely likely to go down this route.