My Child Is Struggling in School. How Can I help?
With the recent switch to hybrid and distance-learning, parents have an even closer look into their child’s learning experience. Consequently, many parents are beginning to realize that their child is struggling with learning or struggling more than they previously thought. If that’s you, there’s no need to panic. There are several reasons why learning can be challenging and there are many ways you, as their parent, can help them out. Here we outline some important tips to keep in mind as you navigate the process.
Don’t take it personally
Oftentimes when a child is struggling academically, they will take it out on their parents. This is normal. It doesn’t mean you did anything wrong. On the contrary, you’re a safe person in their lives and if they take their frustrations out on you, it’s their way of releasing some of that frustration and asking you to hold it for them. If you take their anger personally and you let your child’s anger fuel your own, you’ll make it increasingly difficult for them to work through it.
Encourage your child to take breaks
Everyone needs a break, your student included. If your child is struggling with their schoolwork, they may need you to encourage them to step away for a while and take a breather. Even a few minutes of a break can turn the tide, settle their frustrations and clear their head, contributing to a more pleasant learning experience.
Don’t force your child to talk to you about their frustrations in the heat of the moment
When your child is agitated, they are functioning out of their emotional brain. When you implore your child to explain what’s making them upset when their emotions are running high, they’ll probably have a difficult time doing that. Instead, wait until they calm down and step away from their schoolwork so they can regain footing in their rational brain. Then they will have an easier time articulating what they’re struggling with and your discussion will be more productive.
Help your child stay organized
For many kids, a disorganized physical space can translate into a disorganized mental space. If your child is young, you may have to do the bulk of the organizing for them. That’s ok. Find a designated schoolwork and homework space. Keep the surface clear and clean. Provide ample lighting and hang some of your child’s artwork or inspirational quotes, photos, etc., around the space. Put out a canister of writing utensils (pencils, pens, crayons, colored pencils) and stash their school books on a nearby shelf or in their desk. When everything has its place, your child’s workspace will be a place of serenity and help facilitate learning.
Try to pinpoint the source of your child’s learning struggles
While all of these tips can help your child learn more easily and cut down on their frustrations, there may be underlying learning issues that you need to address. Is your child struggling to grasp content because they missed lessons due to an extended illness? Is their teacher doing an inadequate job of explaining course material? Then content reinforcement with a tutor is an excellent choice. However, if your child’s struggle lies in weak cognitive skills, brain training would be a more effective approach. If you want to learn more about the differences between tutoring and brain training, check out our recent post here!
At LearningRx, we understand the importance that strong cognitive skills play in the learning process. If even one of the seven skills is weak, learning is hampered. We start by taking a look at your child’s unique cognitive profile and creating a customized plan to strengthen weak cognitive skills. Then we help strengthen these areas through fun and challenging mental exercises.
Over the past 35+ years, we’ve worked with over 100,000 children and adults to strengthen their cognitive skills and help them become more proficient and more successful students and learners. We can track great gains in cognitive performance and IQ scores. If you suspect your child could benefit from our brain training program, take our Brain Quiz survey or contact us here. We would be happy to come alongside you and your child on this journey and set your child up for success!
When our daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia we had no idea where to start. We came across LearningRx. We went to meet Lola and find out more about it. We left with a feeling of hope and gratitude that we found a place that would help our daughter. We were amazed to see the progress she was making in her memory and applying it to her classes at school. We appreciated Lola, Trish, and the rest of the staff that helped our daughter reach her goal. We highly recommend this place to help your child with brain training and also boost their self-esteem and to turn the words "I can't do it" to "I can do it!"
Katie, Mom of LearningRx student