Due to the challenges the pandemic has caused for schools and students, the state of Ohio has allowed schools to waive the requirement for most standardized tests, including the English and Language Arts Proficiency Assessment. So how do you know if your child is falling behind, and how do you help a struggling learner get ready for next school year? Here are some signs that your child may be struggling, and some steps you can take to make sure they are ready to start the next school year strong.
There are some signs to look out for that can indicate that your child is falling behind in school. If homework seems very difficult for them or takes a long amount of time to finish, this can mean that they are not grasping the material taught in class. If your child starts exhibiting a loss of motivation toward school or becomes discouraged while doing their work, this can also signal that they would benefit from extra help outside of class. Additionally, if you notice that your child’s grades are dropping, they may benefit from tutoring as well.
If your child is frustrated about not catching on to material quickly, make sure you show empathy for their situation. It is important to remind them that some skills may take time to perfect, and to help them see their progress when it is made, this is important in building confidence. You should also make sure to encourage them to do the things they are good at and enjoy doing. Adding more of these activities into their day can make learning more fun.
If your child is showing a lack of interest in reading, or is exhibiting opposition toward reading, try to find reading materials that may interest them. This could be a magazine article that focuses on sports, science, or any other subject of interest. This can motivate them to practice their reading skills while also learning more about something they enjoy, so it won’t seem like a task. When a struggling reader becomes discouraged, it is okay to remind them that building their skills may take some time, but also remind them of the importance of reading in everyday life.
Sometimes when students say that they hate school, they are trying to say that they are embarrassed to need extra help or feel like they are behind their friends. It is important not to dismiss these feelings, but to also help them understand that all students have strengths and weaknesses. Remind them of the things they are good at— you can even make a list with them of all of their different strengths. Finally, make sure your child knows that there is nothing wrong with getting extra help. Tutoring outside of school is a wonderful resource and will help your student improve in school work and in confidence.
If you feel like you need more advice on how to help and motivate your discouraged student, please call us at 614-706-2404, and we can provide a more detailed guide on responding to discouraged students.