Watching your child struggling in school can be heartbreaking, and any parent will want to do everything in his, or her power to help. It may not be easy, but there are actions you can take to try and improve the situation.
4 ways to help support your child struggling in school
If your child’s struggling in school, give these four suggestions a try to help them:
Take Any Learning Disabilities Seriously
If you already know your child has a learning disability, that’s the first area where you can help your child. If your child doesn’t have a known issue your first step should be to take your child in to your pediatrician or a specialist to test for any physical problem, such as hearing or eyesight, or mental disabilities such as autism or dyslexia. Discover a disability? School’s must make accommodations.
Hire a Tutor
If your child is struggling to grasp a specific subject, hiring a tutor might be the right course of action. A tutor can be a professional from a learning center or simply an intelligent high schooler who is looking to make some cash. There are even online tutoring options if your child may be more comfortable with that approach. The extra help can go a long way.
Consider a Different School
Perhaps the school itself is not a good learning environment for your child. This could be because of peers or teachers who are problematic or the fact that your child has special needs the current school can’t provide for. Sometimes a school doesn’t challenge a highly intelligent child. Looking into a PA leadership charter school, a similar school in your area, or home schooling are all valid options.
Get More Involved
Finally, the solution may simply be to become more involved in your child’s school life. Children won’t consider education important if their parents don’t. Show interest in the work they bring home, and set aside dedicated homework time. You can also learn the topics your child is learning so you can help them complete their work. Don’t give them the answers, but guide them to those answers.
Helping a child who is struggling in school is a big commitment for a parent. But your child’s academic success is so critical that you must effectively address the situation. Hopefully you now have a stronger idea of what you can do.
Author bio: Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her three-year-old husky, Snowball.