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01/24/2019
As first-semester report cards start to make their way out, both parents and students alike become nervous and a little stressed. However, it doesn’t have to be this way.

Now is the time when all students hope that their parents forget that their report cards are making their way home. Many will try to lose theirs on the way home, while others will become anxious each time they see an envelope on the kitchen counter. However, despite all of their hope, report cards will always make it into their parents' hands.

Are Your Child’s Grades Lower Than Anticipated?

If you are waiting for your child’s report card to arrive, below is a great article from The Tutoring Center, Santa Clara, CA on what may be causing lower than expected grades and how parents can better react to unfavorable report cards.

Your First Reaction Is Everything

The number one reaction parents have when opening a report card and seeing low grades is anger. And why not? After all, only a child who is disinterested in learning or one who doesn’t try 100% returns home with low grades, right? The reality is that there is a range of causes for a child’s grades to be low, and not all of them are connected to a lack of interest when it comes to learning.
  • The effectiveness of your child’s study time depends on the notes they take throughout their classes. The challenge for many students is that they aren’t sure how to take notes effectively, instead, attempting to scribble down every single word the teacher says, verbatim. This leaves them with a notebook full of scribble which provides little-to-no help and negatively affects their study time.
  • When parents went to school, all that was needed was a pen and a notebook. However, with the complexity of the lessons being taught today, many more tools are required to complete each class. If your child lacks these tools then they may rely on their classmates, often meaning they are completing a diagram while the teacher moves on to the next lesson.
  • Finding enough time in the day is a struggle for many adults, so imagine how your child feels without the real world skill a parent has. This often results in students who simply can’t find enough time to complete their assignments or homework to the level they would like.
  • Try as they might have to be prepared for their new lessons, many children are still taken aback by how complex and difficult their next school year lessons are, leaving them to fall behind before they’ve had a chance to really get started.
This isn’t an exhaustive list, however, all of the above are very real causes for students to achieve low grades, and neither of them has anything to do with a disinterested child. They do all share one thing in common, however, and that’s being fixable.
  • Teach your child the techniques you’ve learned over the years, showing them how to not only copy the most important information but how to determine which information is the most important.
  • A trip to the stationery store may be all that’s needed to provide your child with all of the learning tools they need. A protractor for math, a calculator for calculus, and whatever else your child is lacking, be sure they have it for the next semester.
  • Just like note taking, managing your time effectively is a skill which you learned both throughout school and in your career. Show your child some of the ways you manage your time and help them to prioritize their tasks.
  • Providing a small amount of extra homework help each night can be a real benefit to children. It doesn’t mean that you have to sit down with them. Just making it known that you are available to answer questions or provide help here-and-there can be enough.
Whatever the cause is for your child's low grades, be sure that your first reaction is to listen and be open to helping them overcome any hurdles. No good comes from simply assuming they aren’t trying and getting angry. If your child is struggling at school or they just need help raising a B to an A+, tutoring in Santa Clara, CA can help. To find out more, book your free initial diagnostic assessment at The Tutoring Center, Santa Clara, CA by calling (408) 816-7825.

More Help Than You Can Provide

If you are like most parents then it can be a struggle to keep up with your child's homework, let alone help them with it! With the complexity of modern classes plus subjects which just didn’t exist when parents went to school, parents often can’t provide the level of help they would like. But there are other options.
  • If your child is studying from a textbook which they just can’t understand, look for alternative reading material which presents the same lesson in a different format that is more understandable for your child.
  • If the school library hosts lunchtime group study sessions, consider signing your child up. These sessions can provide an informal space for children to help other children, often filling in gaps in notes or answering a few additional questions.
  • There is no substitute for one-to-one tutoring in Santa Clara, CA. Tutoring provides students with a dedicated teacher, allowing them to learn at their own pace and to ask all questions needed without the resource limits placed on their classroom teacher.

Tutoring in Santa Clara, CA Can Help Your Student Improve Their Grades

If your child needs more help than you can provide or they are struggling with a particular lesson, tutoring in Santa Clara, CA can help. If you are new to one-to-one tutoring, give The Tutoring Center, Santa Clara, CA a call at (408) 816-7825 and book your free initial diagnostic assessment. During your first visit, you and your student can find out more about the benefits of tutoring in Santa Clara, CA and how a one-to-one learning environment can improve your child’s grades.

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