We all know that our kids’ grades don’t always meet their potential.
Here are some tricks and hacks to get your kid’s grades up!
Your child may feel like it’s the end of the world if they bring home a report card with less than stellar grades on it, but what we might not realize is that we’re sending them into a panic, fear, stress-induced spiral that is only going to make things worse.
The fact of the matter is that grades are important, and while they may not be as super important in high school when your child decides what college they want to go to, it’s never too soon for you to start helping your kid get better grades.
Here are some hacks that you can use with your child to get them motivated and back on the path of academic excellence!
Take a Look at Your Planner
If your child is bringing home report cards with less than stellar grades, then they’ve likely lost sight of what days of the week certain assignments are due.
Make a new habit for them of looking at their planner every day, and have them note down any assignment that they will be getting back by the end of that week.
This way, they can prepare ahead of time if they’re going to need to stay up late or get up early in order to finish a certain project.
Prepare for the Week Ahead
If your child is struggling to keep up with their school work, then you might want to consider making a new routine that’s going to prepare them for any upcoming projects they’re going to have due during the week ahead.
This could mean staying up late on Sunday night so they can do some prep work for a Monday morning project, or waking up early on Saturday to get a head start on an essay due the following day.
This is not always going to work since your child might have other plans scheduled with friends, so be conscious of this when considering any new routine.
Use Your Resources
There are many different resources that your child can use if they need a hand with a project or an essay – from the Internet to their teacher – so make sure that you have your child use them!
Some kids might be embarrassed by this, but it’s important for them to understand that there is nothing shameful about asking for help when you’re struggling.
Teachers are often very happy to answer questions, and when your child gets comfortable with the idea of asking for help, they might even learn how to do some research on their own in order to help them with future projects.
Give Them a Reason to Care
Kids often struggle with keeping up grades because it’s not something that really matters to them in the moment. If you can show your child how their grades will affect them in the long run, they might be more motivated to do well.
If you have a child with less than stellar grades who is about to enter high school, try talking with them about what it means to go to college or university. If they don’t have the money for tuition, then maybe they will want to stay on top of their game so they can get a scholarship.
Sit Down for an Honest Talk
If all else fails, then it might be time for you and your child to sit down and have a talk about their report card.
Be frank with them over why they’re not doing as well as they think they should be, and tell them what steps they can take to improve their grades.
You might even want to sit down with the teacher, if you’re allowed, and have a frank discussion about your child’s performance in school. This way, both parties can come up with a plan for how to get your kid back on track.