5 responses to your child’s report card (that don’t include scolding)

Your kid’s bright – everyone knows it – mostly, because you’ve told them so. Your child has always been at the top of their class, so a sudden drop can cause panic. As a parent, your reaction to your child’s below average report should be carefully considered. Demanding more isn’t always the answer – but what can you do?

1: Chat to your child’s teacher

There’s so much more to school than just a grade on a piece of paper. Ask the teacher for feedback and appropriate guidelines for addressing any problems. Bear in mind that feedback about your child may be hard to hear, but it is worth getting to the bottom of any underlying issues.

2: Sit down with your child

Start a casual conversation with your child, beginning by praising them for good results and improvements. Talk about what motivated them in those subjects and why they think they may have struggled in others. When addressing problem areas, talk about the class experience, the level of difficulty or the pace of learning. Now that you have learnt more about your child’s overall schooling experience, arrange another meeting with his teacher to find a way forward.

3: Be realistic.

We know that you only want the best for your child – but could your expectations be too high? Have you considered that you could be pushing them too hard? The last thing you want is to be the cause of your child’s anxiety about achieving exceptional results. Avoid setting unrealistic expectations, and rather praise them when they do well and offer support if they fall behind.

4: Reward hard work and praise achievements

Consistency is key! We know that you’re proud of your child, but what’s the point of bragging about their successes to your colleagues and not praising them directly? Show your child how proud you are of their achievements. This will create a renewed excitement towards their school work and act as a motivator to strive for more each time.

5: Determine if your child needs extra help

Larger classrooms can often result in some learners falling off the teacher’s radar. If your child continues to face academic difficulties, it could be time to bring in some extra support. A private, one-on-one tutor can help your child with revision and exam preparation, and improve their study skills. Individual attention and tailored tutoring can also help boost learners confidence and interest in the subject.

BrightSparkz Tutors offers a range of services that will help your child succeed. Contact BrightSparkz Tutors, who will provide personalized service and hand-pick an ideal tutor for your child. They also offer a unique Study Skills Crash Course as well as consultations with an Educoach, who will equip you and your child to better understand your child’s learning difficulties, as well as the options available to them.

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