Before we begin, here is an interesting fact for you: Did you know that one out of every five students have difficulty keeping up with academic performance in school or in any competitive exams?
It is not uncommon that your child might have put in a lot of hard work, but the performance is school isn’t anywhere near your or your child’s expectations.
Well, you should know that there can be a host of reasons for your child’s constant poor academic performance. Let us list you some common issues that your child might be facing:
- Emotional Distress is one of the major factors for lack of performance among children today. As you might know that depression, anxiety are some real issues that need to be dealt with prior to any major setback.
- Physical afflictions can also be a contributor to a child’s poor performance in school. Sleep disorder, auditory processing disorder and many other factors can hamper a child’s learning abilities.
What do most Indian Parents do?
Without knowing the root cause, we all know how most Indian parents react to failures. Stats show us that yelling, blaming, comparing with peers and throwing tantrums are very common among Indian Parenting skills when it comes to handling the child’s poor academic performance.
But is this the way to go about it? Let us explore some proven techniques that you can utilize to handle your child’s poor performance better and in turn, help them improve.
It’s about conversation not confrontation
Yes, it is as easy as that. The best way to solve problems is through dialogue. If you won’t diagnose the problem, you won’t find an effective solution for it. Talk to your child and try to understand the issues being faced.
Let your child know that you are on his/her side and together you will resolve the issue. Help create an environment for your child to share his/her feelings without any hesitation. No matter the outcome, don’t fret to go that extra mile. For example, if your child is not interested in a particular subject, it is advisable to change the subject, if need be.
Teachers are a great source of information
If you want to know the real problem, get in touch with your child’s teachers at school. The information provided by the teachers can help you diagnose the underlying cause of your child’s poor performance.
Whatever the reason might be, make time and work with the teachers to help your child overcome the current predicament. Constructive and cooperative collaboration is key.
External help always helps
If you feel that you are not the right person to help your child in studies, get help. Home tutor, coaching centres, online coaching are readily available to help your child get going and improve their performance. With external help, you can help your child bridge any gap between studying at school and at home.
Don’t make it a one-time thing
Parenting is not a one-off thing, even if your child is doing well in his or her studies. Responsive and being consistent while parenting will help you keep yourself updated with your child’s academic performance and help your child be on track for improved academic performance.