No matter what you do, there will come a time when your child will start struggling in school. It may be in one subject, or multiple subjects, but it will likely be a very challenging time for you both. There are, however, ways to get through this:
Have open lines of communication
As a parent, you may not be fully aware what’s happening in school. In similar fashion, a teacher may not be fully aware of what’s happening at home. By having open lines of communication between you and the school, steps can be taken to alleviate the problems. You should also have open lines of communication between you and your child, allowing them to vent their problems so that you can get to the root of the issue.
Cut down on distractions
Your child won’t be able to study effectively if they’re watching TV or playing video games all night. Instead, make sure that there’s a block of time set aside each day for distraction-free homework and studying. In addition, make sure you’re available to answer any questions you child may have during this time.
Work on organization skills
Another big factor that may be causing your child’s poor grades are poor organizational skills. If your child isn’t organized by nature (and many aren’t), then sit down with them and start helping them to organize their school work. Get them an agenda so they can keep track of due dates, then get folders and labels so that all of their work is in the proper order.
Hire a tutor
There’s only so much that you as a parent can do. At the end of the day, your child may need the one-on-one help of a professional to help them find better study methods and to pinpoint the exact problems causing their poor school performance.
If you find that an individual tutor could be what your child needs, then feel free to contact Dr. Marie Mazza. As a reading and writing specialist located in Garden City, New York, she can develop individualized lesson plans to best target your child’s problem areas. Give her a call today at 516-739-4671 to learn more.