Although most parents dread to learn that their child is a bad student, many of them have to face it. Is your child faring poorly in school? Although most parents dread to learn that their child is a bad student, many of them have to face this situation. Heres how to deal with it. First of all, understand that your childs poor grades do are not an accurate indicator of his intelligence. Very shar
Although most parents dread to learn that their child is a bad student, many of them have to face it.
Is your child faring poorly in school? Although most parents dread to learn that their child is a bad student, many of them have to face this situation. Here's how to deal with it.
First of all, understand that your child's poor grades do are not an
accurate indicator of his intelligence. Very sharp and intelligent
children also can fare badly, while children of average intelligence
can top the class if they are hard working and determined.
Don't compare one child with your other. Your child's performance will certainly not improve by doing so, and you will only be sowing the seeds for sibling rivalry
that can last a lifetime. In addition, you will be lowering your
child's self-esteem by doing so, making him believe that he is not as
good as his sibling.
Which subjects does your child
fare poorly in? Identify these subjects and make the effort to pay a
visit to your child's teacher and find out ways to enhance your child's
progress in the particular subject. Request the teacher to call on your
child in class to answer questions. If he is called on often, chances are high that he will start paying more attention in class.
Often, a class project arouses a child's interest in a particular
subject. The teacher should make sure that the project is on a topic
which is included in the child's textbook portion. In this manner at
least a portion of the portion will be taken care of!
Children also enjoy surfing the internet. Make use of the internet to arouse your child's interest in his studies
by making him search for information relevant to his coursework. You
will only be able to do this if you take an interest in your child's
coursework and if you know what it includes. Although a lot of the
information your child
comes across would be outside his portion, it will no doubt help raise
his interest level in the subject and will help him understand it
Tuitions are not the best way out,
although they do help. Tina sends 9-year-old Raghav for History
tuitions because she feels that at least in this manner Raghav sits
down for an hour three times a week and studies
history. Tina herself can never get him to do it! Younger children
should preferably take tuitions only in those subjects they fare very
Instead of spending all your time, money and
effort into trying to raise your child's grades as high as possible,
work at making sure your child passes, and instead identify an area in which your child
has an interest or a talent. It could be anything from art to a sport.
The worst thing you can do is to curtail your child's extra-curricular
activity so that he pays more attention to his studies. The extra attention to his studies may mean a minimal improvement in grades, but you could be curtailing a very strong career option for your child.
Remember, if your sole concern right now is that you want your child to get into a good college, most colleges have sports quotas, which are for children who excel in a particular sport. If your child
has competed at a national level in any sport, chances are that he can
pretty much walk into the best of colleges in India at an undergraduate
level. However, your dreams of your child becoming a doctor may have to take the back seat.
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