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01/24/2019
As hard as a student may try, their report cards may not always reflect their efforts. This article can help parents manage low grades.

As much as students may hope that their parents forget what time of the year it is, it doesn’t stop their school from sending home first-semester report cards. However, this time isn’t just stressful for children, it can also take its toll on parents, too.

Are You Looking at a Report Card With Low Grades?

If you have received your child’s first report card or theirs is soon to arrive, below is a great post from The Tutoring Center, Arlington on the subject of low grades.

Don’t Freak Out!

The first thing any parent will do when they open up the envelope and see a report card with grades lower than they expected is to become angry and frustrated. After all, low grades mean that their child isn’t interested in learning or doesn’t try their hardest in class, right? In reality, there is a wide range of reasons and causes for your child to achieve low grades, and they don’t all relate to a student who isn’t trying. Below are some of those reasons:
  • As much as your child prepared prior to the new school year, the lessons being taught are simply more complex than they were expecting. It isn’t that they aren’t trying, it’s just that they can’t keep up.
  • Modern classes require more than a notebook and a pen. Math classes will often require a range of measuring and drawing equipment to complete each class. If your child’s backpack or pencil case lacks these items then they will be left to borrow from their classmates, leaving them to fall behind as the lessons move on.
  • Many students haven’t yet learned how to prioritize their tasks and manage their time effectively, resulting in children finding it difficult to finish their homework and complete their assignments as well as they could and would like to.
  • Note-taking is no easy task, with the majority of students simply trying to write down every word the teacher says. This leaves them with little more than scribbles in their notebooks which won't help them to study after class.
Of course, this list isn’t an exhaustive one, however, it does highlight a few solid reasons why a child who is interested in their studies isn’t able to achieve high grades. However, these items are all rectifiable.
  • Offer your child additional homework help after they return home from school and sit down to study. It could be making yourself available to answer a few extra questions or sitting down with them for an extra 30 minutes to help them.
  • Waiting to use a classmates equipment often means that your child is drawing a diagram while the teacher has moved on to the next lesson. This can be fixed with a quick trip to the store to pick up any tools needed, such as a protractor or even a scientific calculator.
  • Parents take for granted just how easy managing their time is. However, this is an acquired skill which children just haven't learned yet. Teach them your techniques and help them plan their time better.
  • Throughout your educational and career paths you will have learned many techniques on how to take notes effectively. Pass these on to your child and help them to improve the quality and quantity of their notes, providing them with a helpful notebook come study time.
Whatever the reason is and whatever needs to be done to help, be sure that you remain open to it and are supportive. Tutoring isn't just for students with low grades. Tutoring can also help a child raise a C or a B to an A+. To find out more, speak with an expert at The Tutoring Center, Arlington by calling (817)-969-5100 and book your free initial diagnostic assessment.

Does Your Child Need More Help?

For many parents, it can seem like their child’s textbooks are written in a foreign language, not because parents aren't interested, but simply because modern lessons are notably more complex than those learned years ago. However, there are alternatives to a parent’s help.
  • Many schools offer group study sessions during lunch in the library, providing an informal environment where students can learn from each other. Whether they need help filling in missing notes or clarifying the context of a class, these sessions can be a real benefit.
  • If your child struggles to understand their textbook, look for alternatives. A quick search on the internet or speaking with their teacher can uncover a range of reading material which can explain the same lesson in a different way which is more understandable to your child.
  • It’s hard to beat the benefits of one-to-one tutoring in Arlington. Formal tutoring provides students with a dedicated tutor, allowing your child to ask as many questions as needed to ensure they fully understand each lesson prior to moving on to the next. These sessions can also be used as homework help sessions.

Book Your Sessions for Tutoring in Arlington

If your child is falling behind, now is the best time to act before the next semester starts and your child continues achieving low grades. If you are new to the idea of formal one-to-one tutoring, speak with The Tutoring Center, Arlington and book a free initial diagnostic assessment, where both you and your student can meet with a tutor and ask any questions you have about the sessions, how they are structured, and their proven benefits. Give them a call at (817)-969-5100 to learn more.

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