School is finally over and now, the envelope please-for some, an Oscar, for others a less than sterling account of a year of education gone wasted. What to do?
Don’t harp on the poor grades themselves; use the report card to develop a plan of action for those weak areas. Help your child catch up and get ahead while the other students stay in place.
Talk with your child openly about his or her report card. Ask questions and listen - let your child talk freely. What subjects did he or she like? What subjects gave him or her the most stress? Be supportive without judging, and let your child know that your main concern is his or her well-being and happiness.
Talk with your child’s teacher. Try to catch your child’s teacher while you can before the break. Get his or her insight before school lets out. What areas are of most concern to the teacher? What should your child work on most this summer?
Address organization skills. Does your child keep a clutter-free desk and a neat backpack? How is he or she at keeping track of to-dos? Talk about these things with your child and the teacher to see if this is part of the problem.
Set goals together. Talk with your child about what he or she would like to change and how to do so, step by step, be positive and realistic in setting a plan and goals. Don’t focus just on grades-- talk with your child about how he or she feels about school now and how he or she would like to feel. Let your child know you are there to help him or her each step of the way.
For more information about Huntington Learning Center, contact Ofra Weinberg, Huntington Learning Center of Encino, 818-907-5557.
Founded in 1977, Huntington is a pioneer and leader in the tutoring industry. For over 30 years, Huntington has provided quality instruction to hundreds of thousands of students. Huntington prides itself on being “Your Tutoring Solution” for students in all grades and subjects. They tutor in academic skills, such as reading, phonics, math and study skills; and in advanced math and science subjects ranging from algebra through calculus and general science through physics. They also prepare students for state and standardized entrance exams, such as high school entrance exams and the SAT and ACT.