Transform Your Child's Poor Report Card

Have your child's grades taken a turn for the worse? Did they just bring home their first poor report card? Don't worry. Read on to learn more about how you can help your child transform his or her poor report card.

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It's natural for parents to fret when a child brings home a report card with poor grades. Parents know how important earning good grades is to a child's self esteem, confidence, and future educational and professional opportunities. Children, however, usually aren't looking that far into the future. That is why it is your responsibility, as a parent, to help them transform their poor report card into one that they (and you!) can be proud of.

No matter your child's age, there are some easy steps that you can take to help your child's grades get back on the right track.

Identify the Problem

What caused your child's poor grades? Was it a lack of understanding? Did they not study for a test or two (or three!)? Is something bothering them in their personal life? Are they bored by the subject matter? Was it too difficult? These are questions that a parent can't answer alone. You must open a dialogue with your child to find the answers to these questions, and others that may help to identify his or her problem. Take the time to speak to your child's teachers as well. If your child is reluctant to open up, oftentimes their teacher or other school official will have some insights that can help you.

Create a Plan

If your child's poor report card stems from an academic problem, consider investing in a tutor. A tutor can tailor their lessons to help your child fix whatever problem they are having, while at the same time helping them to move forward with their studies.

If your child is disorganized when it comes to his or her studies, help them incorporate some structure and order into their study time. Show them how to maintain a schedule of due dates, and upcoming exams. Help them organize their desk or workspace in such a way that it facilitates good study habits.

If your child is suffering from test anxiety, encourage them to relax and not place too much pressure on themselves. Assure them that you will be proud of their grades as long as they try their hardest.

If your child is suffering from a personal problem, consider speaking with a guidance counselor, school psychologist, or even a therapist. A child's peace of mind and mental well being is crucial to their academic success. Assure your child that seeing a mental health professional is perfectly normal and that they have nothing to be ashamed of.

Your goal as a parent is to provide your child with a solution that fits their needs. Your child's problem is not likely to be as cut and dried as the examples above. It will take hard work to create a plan of action that both you and your child are comfortable with.

Reevaluate and Adjust

Don't expect miracles to happen overnight. Any drastic change in study habits, lifestyle, or personal growth will take time to fully take hold. Monitor your child's progress over time and watch as he or she improves. If they experience a setback, or don't show any improvement, then you need to look at different causes for their academic difficulties and consider different problem solving methods.

Eventually you will come across a method that works for your child and you will be amazed at the changes you see in his or her report card. Your child will be amazed too!

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