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01/24/2019
Now is the time when the first report cards of the year are being sent out to parents. This article can help you manage lower than expected grades.

Despite how much your child may hope that you forget, now is the time when they will be bringing home their report card or you will be receiving them in the mail. This is often a stressful time for both parents and students, especially when the grades aren’t as high as either was expecting.

Are Your Child’s First Report Card Grades Lower Than Expected?

The Tutoring Center, Aberdeen NJ knows just how difficult it can be for parents to receive a report card with low grades and has prepared the following post to help.

Watch Your First Reaction

The first reactions you will likely have when looking at low grades is frustration or anger. These are completely normal. The reason why is that low grades are often associated with children who simply aren’t trying their hardest in class or they aren’t interested in learning at all. However, in reality, there is a whole range of reasons why a child may return home with low grades, and few of them relate to a disinterest in their learning. Below are some examples of why some students may not achieve the grades they wanted:
  • The complex classes took your child by surprise and the preparation they did before the year started simply wasn’t enough.
  • It was difficult for your child to find enough time to complete their homework each night or to give 100% effort on assignments they were issued throughout the semester.
  • To complete each class, they needed learning tools which they didn’t have and needed to rely on their classmates.
  • Your child really wanted to study, however, they weren’t able to take effective notes during their class time, which meant they were left with scribbles and roughly drawn diagrams which weren’t much help during their study time.
This isn’t an exhaustive list of reasons, however, it does contain common causes for a student to achieve low grades and, as you can read, none have a connection to a student who isn’t trying. However, the one thing they do have in common is that they are all manageable.
  • Your student may just need a little bit more homework help each afternoon when they return home from school. This could mean you sitting with them for an extra 15-30 minutes or even just being around for them to ask questions they didn’t have a chance to ask during class.
  • Many students struggle to prioritize their tasks and manage their time effectively. Remember that this is a task which you likely didn’t learn until you left school. Spend some time to help them rearrange their priorities and their schedule and routines so that they can allow for more study time.
  • Something as simple as a trip to the stationery store can be all that’s needed to fill up a child’s pencil case or backpack. If this is the challenge for your child, also ask their teacher what tools they will need for the next semester so that you can get everything in one trip.
  • Taking notes isn’t an easy task. The majority of students simply attempt to write down everything the teacher says, verbatim. Show your child techniques on how they can take notes effectively, leaving them with a solid study guide when the time comes.
Whatever the cause of your child’s low grades, be sure that your first reaction is to be helpful. Tutoring isn't just for struggling students, it can also help raise a B to an A+. To find out more about subject-focused tutoring, call The Tutoring Center, Aberdeen NJ at (732) 705-3636 and book your free initial diagnostic assessment.

Additional Learning

If you look at your child’s homework and feel like it was written in an alien language, you aren’t alone. Many parents struggle to help their children with homework simply because modern lessons are far more complex than what parents learned during their schooling years. However, this doesn’t mean that your child can't get help. Consider alternatives:
  • If your child’s school offers group study sessions in the library during lunch, consider signing them up to join. These sessions provide an informal space where students can learn from each other, often filling in missing notes or equations.
  • Not all textbooks are written for all students. If your child struggles to understand their reading material, speak with their teacher about alternatives or look online for books which present the same lesson in a different way, which your child can better relate to and understand.
  • Formal one-to-one tutoring sessions are a fantastic way for children to get help with their homework and raise poor grades. Tutoring provides students with a trained tutor, giving students the opportunity to ask any and all questions they have about each lesson, with the tutor ensuring that the student has the correct understanding before moving on to the next lesson.

Tutoring in Aberdeen, NJ Works

If your child could use a helping hand with their homework or they are struggling in class, one-to-one tutoring in Aberdeen, NJ can help. To find out more about the benefits of tutoring in Aberdeen, NJ, speak with a learning expert at The Tutoring Center, Aberdeen NJ by calling (732) 705-3636. During your free initial diagnostic assessment, a tutor can answer any questions you or your child have about the benefits of tutoring in Aberdeen, NJ and how subject-focused tutoring can work for them.

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