Report cards can cause stress for both students and parents, and it’s natural to feel this way, but it shouldn’t be overwhelming. If students are worried about their grades, either because they are holding themselves to high expectations or because they anticipate low scores, there are ways to help.
Support at Report Card Time
Report cards offer valuable insights into how students are doing in school and can help identify areas where they may need extra support or encouragement. It’s also an opportunity to celebrate their achievements and discuss any challenges they might be facing. So while parents and students don’t need to panic, it’s definitely worth paying attention to report cards and having open communication with students about their schoolwork, where they are struggling, and where they are succeeding.
Low Report Card Scores
Getting low scores on a report card can be hard. But remember, low grades do not mean everything is going wrong for your student. Take this opportunity to figure out how they can improve. Talk to your student about what is challenging in the classes where they are struggling. Reach out to your child’s teacher. Setbacks are a natural part of the learning process.
If there is a particular subject where your child is struggling, ask the teacher where they can find extra support in the school building. Or if you prefer, reach out to us at MTT! MTT offers one-on-one tutoring in the convenience of your home, or virtually. The power of one-on-one tutoring is in the personalized nature of the sessions. A tutor can identify the areas in which your chid is struggling, and create a personalized academic achievement plan to help them reach their goals.
Developing better study habits and finding ways to manage time may be especially helpful for students who are struggling with grades. At MTT, we have Academic Coaches who support students across all content areas by designing custom plans to help students organize their approach to learning. Our Academic Coaches approach learning with a birds-eye view, reinforcing executive functioning skills, helping with studying and test prep, and more!
Does a bad report card mean my kid isn’t learning?
Not necessarily. A bad report card might indicate that your child is facing challenges in certain subjects or areas, but it doesn’t necessarily mean they aren’t learning.
There could be various reasons for a bad report card, such as difficulty understanding the material, problems with organization or study habits, or even external factors like personal issues or distractions.
It’s important to approach a disappointing report card with curiosity rather than assumption. It could be an opportunity to identify areas where your child needs extra support or different learning strategies. It’s also essential to consider the context surrounding the grades and have open, non-judgmental communication with your child to understand their perspective and any challenges they may be facing.
The goal is to work together to address any issues and help your child succeed academically.
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Tiffany Verhoosel is currently a Computer Science teacher in the Baltimore City School District. Coming from a background of business she joined the Baltimore City Teaching Residency over ten years ago to make the career change into education and has never looked back. Her degree from Johns Hopkins, a Master of Science in Digital Age Learning and Educational Technology, helped propel her from Special Educator to her current teaching position where she teaches Kindergarten to eighth grade students how to code.