Every parent is eager to hear about the scores and grades their child gets after a big test. But sometimes the results may not be very pleasant and it can be difficult to handle the situation gently. Reprimanding your kids for bad grades, ignoring it and hoping they’ll do better, or pushing them too hard to improve their performance can seem like extreme measures to your children and they may resist. Instead it is better to work with them and help them realise the importance of good grades without riling their feathers.
Your child may be getting bad grades due to a number of reasons – trouble paying attention, learning disabilities, laziness or even lack of motivation. You need to identify the cause and work with your kids to overcome the challenge and aim for better grades. Here are some helpful tips to make the process a little easier.
1. Understand Learning Patterns
Some children learn by reading, others absorb information better when presented to them in visual form; all children have very different ways of learning and understanding. You need to work with your child to understand what suits them best. Start by establishing a dialogue and discussing various teaching methods with your kids and encourage them to open up about what they prefer. Once you have understood what works for them, you can design study sessions around these preferences to ensure that your kids begin to enjoy learning and are able to fully comprehend the concepts being taught.
2. Structured Learning
Schedule and structure are important to create a conducive learning environment. But it should never be restrictive and make your child feel tied down. Work out a timetable or daily schedule along with your child to find a time that works best to study. Plan a timetable for a whole week so that your kids get accustomed to fixed study sessions. Plan interesting activities before and after the study session such that they can get a relaxing break making them more productive while studying.
3. Set Goals
Success cannot be achieved overnight; which is why it is important to set a goal and slowly work towards it. If you want your child’s grades to improve, start by setting small goals such as aiming for a base score on a weekly test and eventually aiming for a higher score at the end of the term. Even smaller tasks like ensuring homework is done on time, or certain books are read by the end of the week can help work your way towards the long term goals.
4. Embrace Organization
Organization in terms of a clean desk, fixed time for homework, structured notes, study aids and even fun stationary can help keep kids focus on the content at hand. Simple time management and organization skills can make a big difference in overall performance at school and at home. Teach them to write down their notes, make a list of homework, schedule study sessions etc and encourage the self discipline to adhere to it.
5. Find Interesting Ways To Study
Studying can become quite boring when you are chained to a desk. And no one wants to sit in the same place with their books day after day. So try adding a little bit of fun into the study sessions that engage children in non-traditional ways where they still continue to learn without the negative association of studying. For example, sit with your kids and make fun posters about topics they need to learn such as parts of a plant, or the animal kingdom etc and hang them up around the house. This way the kids have fun making the charts while subconsciously absorbing the information. Having charts around the house also reinforces the information because they constantly look at it, making it easier to remember. There are many such different techniques you can try to make studying more interesting.
6. Reward Good Performance
A reward acts as an excellent motivational tool for improved performance in school work. Set up a reward system for every time they achieve one of their goals. These rewards need not be large or in the form of materialistic objects. Something as simple as taking the family out for dinner when your child scores well on a test makes them feel valued and appreciated, thus encouraging continued good conduct.
Rather than getting angry, upset or frustrated with your child’s poor grades, Schoolkart encourages you to work with them and devise new strategies that can make learning fun and help them improve their grades through hard work, dedication and motivation.
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