Report Cards: Setting Up A Game Plan
Report cards can be stressful for you and your child, but it could also be the start of better study habits, increased focus, and perseverance. Using report cards as a tool can help you and your child evaluate their strengths and weakness to set up a game plan for the rest of the school year.
Look at the Bigger Picture Not Seen in Your Child’s Report Card
Report cards can be very telling. Of course, they exist for that reason, but it’s up to you to look at the big picture. If your child has received a low grade in math for the first time ever it may be a shock, but it can provide insight to show you they may be struggling with something. Maybe they don’t understand a new topic, or their note taking, and study approach needs improvement. If this is the case, you now have a clear focus. It is important to focus on those areas to prevent further struggle.
Stay Proactive in Their Progress and Talk to Your Child
Most subjects are foundational. If your child missed one concept it could snowball, and the subject overall can become increasingly difficult and lead to frustration for your child. In order to prevent playing, catch up, it is important to stay proactive. Sometimes children fall behind slowly. Rather than waiting for an alarming grade, look for the little signs – low test scores, negative attitude towards a specific subject, homework anxiety. Take time to talk to your child about their frustration.
Ask Their Teacher Questions
Many struggles start in class. Teachers can provide you with additional insight on your child’s report card. Asking questions can lead you to a better solution. Here are some questions to ask their teacher that may give you more insight:
- Does my child participate and listen well in class?
- Where does my child sit in the classroom? (Front, middle or back?)
- How was my child assessed? (It is common for many students to have anxiety or stress about tests)
- What is my child’s preferred learning style?
- Do you believe my child is fulfilling his/her potential?
Don’t forget to ask your child questions. These questions can be preventative if you are picking up signs; asking when you see or hear frustration, complaining about class, struggling with homework, or anything of this nature. Even after receiving a report card, it’s a good time to ask questions. A good question to ask your child is if they did the best they could and if they are happy with the results. Many children do not respond well to being bombarded by questions, so it is important to take it easy on them and make it clear that they are not being punished. Continue to encourage confidence and help them strive for improvement!
If you’re wondering whether your child can benefit from additional academic help, read our blog post to help you decide.