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01/31/2019
As the first semester wraps up, it’s time for parents to begin receiving their child’s first report card. This time doesn’t have to be stressful.


Everytime a semester ends, children all around the country think of one thing and one thing only. Something will happen and their parents will forget entirely that report cards are being sent out. Of course, despite all of this thinking and hoping, parents are well aware of what time of year it is and are on the lookout for the all-important first report card.

Receiving a Report Card with Low Grades

If you are soon to receive your child’s first report card, below is a great post from The Tutoring Center, Spring TX on how you can manage a report card with less-than-desirable grades.

The All-Important First Reaction

You see it in the movies, but it also happens in regular life. A parent's first reaction to a bad report card is either frustration or anger. Or sometimes even both! After all, low grades are indicative of a student who isn’t trying their hardest or isn’t interested in their classes. Right?

The truth is that there is a wide range of causes for a child to achieve low grades, and few of them relate to a child who doesn’t care about their studies.

  • Your child’s study sessions rely on a few things, one of the most important being the notes they use during their time. Many students struggle to take notes effectively and end up simply writing down everything the teacher says. Unfortunately, this results in a notebook filled with scribble and half-notes which affect how well your child can study.
  • Gone are the days when you could simply turn up to class with a pen and a notebook. Modern classes require a range of learning tools, many of which may be missing from your child’s supply.
  • A lot of students attempt to prepare themselves for the new lessons ahead but often fall short of anticipating just how difficult these lessons would be, feeling overwhelmed, with their self-confidence taking a hit.
  • Managing time and prioritizing tasks isn’t a talent which comes naturally, it’s a skillset which is learned. Students without these skills often find themselves running out of time and can’t finish their homework or assignments.
Of course, the above certainly isn’t an exhaustive list, but it is a good indication of other causes for low grades which have nothing to do with a disinterest in learning. These causes do have one thing in common, however, and that is being fixable.

  • Teach your child effective note taking skills, showing them how to identify important information and how to use abbreviations and shorthand to improve their note-taking sessions.
  • If your child lacks a learning tool then they will often have to wait until a classmate finishes with theirs so they can borrow it, leaving your child to messily draw a diagram while the teacher moves on to the next class. Head to the stationery store and pick up any items your child lacks.
  • Sitting with your student for an extra 20 minutes or even just letting them know that you are available to ask questions can be a great boost to their study time, helping them to get back on track with their lessons.
  • Show your student how you prioritize your own day-to-day tasks and teach them how to create a schedule. Assist them in rearranging their routines so they have sufficient time to complete all assignments and homework.
Whatever their reason or cause is, be sure that you are open to it and show a willingness to help them overcome it.

Tutoring isn't just for students who are struggling with their classes and are bringing home low grades. One-to-tutoring can also help students raise a B to an A+. To learn more, book your free initial diagnostic assessment at The Tutoring Center, Spring TX by calling (832) 698-4570.

If More Help Is Needed

Let’s face it, modern classes are becoming so complex that the majority of parents struggle to understand what is written in their children’s notebook, let alone provide homework help. However, there are other means for a child to get extra help.

  • If your child struggles to understand their textbooks, look for alternative teaching materials which present the same lesson in a more relatable format, making it easier for your child to understand.
  • Inquire if their school library hosts group study sessions. These informal spaces allow students to help other students, often filling in gaps in notes or helping answer a few additional questions. They also provide a quiet space for students to simply sit and study.
  • There is no substitute for one-to-one tutoring. Formal tutoring provides students with a dedicated tutor who can walk them through each lesson at their own pace, answering all questions and ensuring your child has a solid understanding of each lesson before moving to the next. Tutoring can also be used as homework help sessions.

High-Quality One-To-One Tutoring in Spring TX

If you aren’t able to provide your child with the help needed to improve their grades or your child is struggling in a range of subjects, one-to-one tutoring in Spring TX  can help. If you have never tried tutoring before, book a free initial diagnostic assessment at The Tutoring Center, Spring TX by calling (832) 698-4570, where a trained teaching professional can answer any question you, and your child, have about how subject-focused tutoring can improve your child's grades.

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