Learning is the reason for going to school. When lessons are well learned, good grades usually result.

Make clear that learning is your primary concern. Instead of asking what he thinks he’ll get on the math test, ask him to show you how to figure out one of his math problems.

Instead of asking how he’ll do on his book report, ask him to describe a challenge faced by the main character.

Below are some more examples of questions that test deeper learning:

• What were common factors in causing the three wars you studied this year in history?

• Tell me a way in which you became a stronger writer this year.

• Which of your science experiments interested you the most? Why?

Asking questions like these (as opposed to questions like “When’s your next test?”) demonstrate to your teen that you find learning to be both exciting and worthwhile.

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