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Last Update Date: 12 February 2019

Academic success at school is affected by a number of factors, including teachers, parents, the educational environment, and fellow students. Many of these factors are outside parental control, which can sometimes be a source of anxiety.

However, there are still many ways for parents to influence their child and have a positive impact on their school performance. Below, we share the 7 ways your child can excel at school, as well as our top 3 tips for studying at home.

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1. First and foremost, it’s important for your children to understand what they’re learning and the reasons why. This will help motivate them about the real-life application of the studies.

2. Be patient when your child is learning new things and asking questions. Particularly is your child often asks the same thing twice or doesn’t understand a new concept the first few times, it’s important to make them feel supported. Learning should be a safe space.

3. Encourage your child to spend time with like-minded peers. If their friends have similar academic or other goals, then your child is more likely to be influenced in these directions as well.

4. Ensure your child develops an understanding of the concepts, instead of purely just memorising. A true understanding of the concepts will allow your child to apply critical thinking when encountering new and unfamiliar problems.

5. For a more short-term tactic (but no less effective), parents can also remind their children that if they pay attention during everyday classes and complete the required homework, there will be less stress and panic during final exams.

6. Stay up-to-date with your child’s school report cards. If there are any areas where your child is underperforming, try to seek the root cause of the issue in a calm and supportive way. For example, poor scores in maths could point to a range of causes, such as lack of understanding or enjoyment. The solution could be to introduce new and exciting ways to explain difficult math concepts to your child.

7. Last but not least, make learning enjoyable for your child as they’re more likely to study if they enjoy it. School should not be made to feel like a compulsory and boring chore but a place to gain knowledge and have fun while doing so. Learning materials in the form of games are a great place to start (including our MentalUP Education Games app for kids)


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Some people study more effectively by reading, some by writing, and others by listening. Which method works best for your child? Find out and structure their study around it.


Be prepared with all the necessary equipment, including textbooks, pens and paper. This will make your study session more productive and ensure your child doesn’t become distracted at the outset.


Sit at a desk and avoid distractions in the background, such as the TV, radio, toys the digital devices. The best studying environment is a quiet and comfortable place when minimal disruptions can occur.

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Why not combine learning and fun with our MentalUP app?

MentalUP offers educational games for all age groups and skill levels. Parents can keep track of their child’s results and progress in the app with individualised performance reports. Licensed by select schools around the world, MentalUP has been awarded a Pedagogical Product certification.

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