• Improving Your Child's Grades

    Whether it's multiplication facts and division or main idea and synonyms, many students struggle with the basics of reading and math.  Skill gaps lead to discouragement, which shows up as low self-confidence, self-defeating behavior, poor grades and even behavioral problems.  But sometimes all a child needs is a little creative involvement from mom and dad.  Here are some very simple, easy to use ideas that might help.
    1.  Talk about how important education is and how it can benefit your child's future. 
    When your child succeeds make sure they are congratulated.
    2.  Set realistic goals.  Be reasonable.  Don't expect miracles to happen overnight.  Academic progress is a slow but steady process.
    3.  Be a mentor to your child.  Be patient and responsive in helping your child master new skills.
    4.  Make learning fun.  Turn homework and study into a game.  Make some flash cards or purchase some educational games.
    5.  Know when to ask for help.  Sometimes the best thing to do is to get the help of a tutor.  Not all children and parents work well together.  Your child's teacher or counselor may be able to suggest a tutor.

Last Modified on September 18, 2008