As a parent, you want the best for your child—you want them to thrive in curricular and extracurricular activities. That’s why you worry when a child comes home with a bad grade or report card that doesn’t reveal their true academic capability. While teachers play a crucial role in your child’s education, you’re still their primary teacher. Since you know them better than anyone else, you’re the best person to help them improve their grades. Fortunately, there is so much you can do to help, which involves applying different strategies, including assessing your behavior and their behavior. In this article, we discuss several ways you can help your child improve their grades in school.
Find Out What Could Be Wrong
If it’s the first or second time your child is getting poor grades, you might want to know what could be going on. Your child could be struggling emotionally. If you have not had challenges at home, such as divorce, the problem could come from school. Monitor your child’s behavior before talking to them and review how they respond to school activities and other children at school. They could be facing bullying or rejection which has a negative impact on a child. Such things can be stressful for a child and can easily distract their focus on their school work. Talk to your child and get closer to them. Ask them about themselves and how you can help them with whatever they’re going through. Avoid praising good grades and be patient with them.
Review Assignment and Homework Together
The best way to know the real challenges your child is facing is by reviewing their homework with them. By doing so, you’re likely to identify challenges that you had no idea about, such as myopia or Dyslexia that often affect reading. You will also know which subjects they struggle with or topics they find difficult and create a plan that can help them. Reviewing assignments together allows you to identify your child’s learning style and develop strategies that will help them learn using other learning styles comfortably. Determine whether your child is visual, auditory, kinesthetic, or reader & writer. If your child is a visual, auditory, or kinesthetic learner, you can help them learn better through reading and writing.
Set Good Study Habits and Reasonable Goals
Sometimes all your child needs is a good study schedule and habit to get good grades. If your child spends more time on the screen playing video games, you might want to review that and reduce their screen time. You might also want to introduce chores to instill independence and responsibility. Create a study schedule together and set reasonable short-term and long-term goals. Time management is key. Check areas where you can save time and allow your child to engage in meaningful activities. For instance, instead of making them wait for you to pick them up from school, you can work with Zum to get them home at the earliest possible. You can use this extra time to enroll them in a class that will improve their talents, such as music, dance, karate, skating, or painting class.
Connect with their Teacher
If your child isn’t doing well as before, their teacher probably knows and can provide valuable advice on what you can do to reverse your grades. If you feel a school or teacher is not supporting your child or helping answer your questions, it might be worth speaking to a school counselor or switching schools.
Make Studying Fun
Your child’s poor grades can sometimes be caused by their attitude and interest in academic work. The truth is, many children don’t like studying. However, if learning can be more fun, they’re likely to be more engaged and enjoy learning. You can begin by providing their favorite snacks as they do their homework. You can also use role-playing to make learning more engaging and fun. For instance, if they’re supposed to read and understand a specific English story and answer comprehension questions, you can take turns and role-play the whole story. Your child is likely to understand concepts better and answer questions quickly which will, in turn, improve your child’s grades.