5 Signs Your Child Needs Help With Studies
If you notice your child struggling with school work, it is imperative to offer them help right away. The slightest negligence in this regard can lead to long-term learning losses. But this is easier said than done.
After all, not all children are vocal about school-related issues, and it is up to the parents to identify signals that their kid is falling behind at school.
At Mrs. Myer’s Reading Room, we work a lot with kids in Chicago and all across the US who need a little extra help excelling in their studies. You can click here to learn more about what we do.
And today, we are going to help you identify 5 major signs that your child needs help with school work.
1. Poor Grades
This one’s obvious. But most parents always blame the child.
'She isn't serious about her studies,' or 'she needs to concentrate more,' are just some of the common responses parents (even well-meaning ones) exhibit when confronted with their child's poor academic record.
However, if your child consistently gets low grades, it is a warning sign that they're struggling at school.
2. Homework’s Taking Longer Than Usual
Secondly, your child may also need help with studies if it’s taking her forever to complete homework. This becomes a serious issue when most of a child’s after-school time is spent on homework.
Of course, there’s no reason to worry if she is getting more work. However, you should take some time to get familiar with your child’s school homework policy, and roughly how much time is required for homework at different grade levels.
Many children who struggle with their academics often start to feel reluctant to go to school altogether. Sometimes, difficulties understanding just one subject can also result in growing absenteeism.
4. Reluctance to Talk About School
This follows from the previous point. When a child finds it hard to cope with one or more subjects, it can also result in a complete change of attitude about school. Sometimes it takes the more obvious form of anger and bitterness towards school.
But at other times, kids complain about being 'bored,' which is also a sign that they are finding it hard to follow things in class.
Sometimes, kids complain about boredom if they are already familiar with the material being covered in a particular unit. But more often than not, boredom results from a lack of understanding.
5. Complaints From School
This is one of the most overtly apparent signs. But once again, parents often react to complaints from school with denial.
It is also natural to argue against or simply dismiss what the teacher has to say about your child’s performance and/or behavior at school. But you need to be willing to listen to what the teacher has to say, as she can also offer suggestions on best to move forward.
These are some major warning signs that your child needs an extra push at school. At Mrs. Myer’s Reading Room, we have concluded after years of research that children also exhibit these signs because of learning losses over school breaks. This especially includes time spent away from active learning because of situations like COVID-19.
Click here to learn how we can help school-going kids in Chicago and across the US struggling at school.