Carol Wood

The school year is well underway and it is important to make sure your children start off the best way possible. Regardless of your children’s grade level in school, following are suggestions which may be helpful in enabling them to work more productively and successfully, thus increasing their chance of a successful school year.

• Studies have shown that parental involvement is the single most important factor in a child’s academic success. Students whose parents are involved have better grades, improved test scores, and increased motivation. So, if possible, both parents should attend PTSA meetings, teacher conferences, after-school events, etc. and both should oversee their education process.



• At the beginning of school, email each of your children’s teachers giving them your contact information. Request that they contact you if any situation should arise during the year that warrants your attention. Let teachers know that they have your support. Children generally do better in school when their parents encourage respect for the teacher’s authority and competence and when children see their parents and teachers as a united team working towards the same goals.

• Instead of telling your children that when their homework is complete they can watch TV, use the computer, go outside to play, etc., give them a specific time limit each day in which they can do these things. Otherwise, they may rush through their homework and/or test preparation and do a poor job.

• Remember, it is not the actual letter grade that is most important. It is the level of effort and energy the student puts forth. Teaching your children to be responsible and accountable for their academics is most important. If your child does everything you observed possible to study and prepare for a test and the grade is a “C”, applaud their effort and remain positive. This is an opportunity for you to teach a life lesson about the character which they will carry into later years.

Hopefully, by putting into practice these suggestions, each of your children will have an enjoyable and productive school year. Questions and comments may be directed to carol@

Carol Wood is the Founder & CEO of Total Learning Concepts, Inc. Visit www. for information about their tutorial and test preparation services. For more information about Total Learning Concepts, Inc., please call 770-381-5958 or visit their website at