How To Help A Child Who’s Struggling At School

As a parent, you want to ensure that your child gets the best education possible, which is why you most probably spent months confused about which school you should send them to. Education is the key to success in life, which is why it’s natural to want your child to get the first-rate education that they deserve.

When you hear from your child’s teacher that actually they’re not doing too well in school, it sets alarm bells ringing. You want what’s best for your child, which is why you spent so long choosing the right school for them. Hearing that they’re struggling to keep up with their classmates is concerning because you desperately want them to do well in life.

The good news is that a lot of children struggle at one point or another, and usually, it’s a problem that’s easy to fix. It’s just a case of knowing the right approach to take, to help your child to reach their full potential and do better at school. Below is a guide to some steps that you can take to do that:

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Speak to your child

No matter how old your child is, if they are struggling at school it could be worth having a chat with them about it. Sit down together and ask them what exactly they are struggling with and whether there’s anything that you can do to help. If their teacher has explained where the concern lies, talk to your child about it. Make sure to be careful not to upset them, instead ask them how they feel they’re getting on. The chances are that if your child is a little older, they will be aware that they’re not doing as well as they should be.

Get them extra help

If the school feels it’s appropriate, then you may want to look into getting your child extra help. How about getting them some extra tuition to help to ensure that they are able to achieve their full potential? If you can’t afford to have someone come to your home to tutor them, how about utilising resources like Tuty, a private tutoring platform online? While you could opt to teach them yourself, unless you have educational experience, it might be best to hire a professional. After all, it’s crucial that they receive the right help.

Show them that learning is fun

Often, the number one reason why children don’t do well at school is because they find learning boring. However, if you can spend some time teaching them that learning is actually fun, then you may find that their learning improves dramatically. Spend time after school doing fun school work at home, from school-like science experiments to field trips to local sites of educational interest. Teach your child that learning can be fun and you will be amazed at the improvements in their learning.

If your child is struggling at school, it can be worrying to hear about it, but the fact is once you know you can do something about it. At one point or another, most children end up getting a little behind, so don’t stress about it, instead focus on ways that you can help them to get back on track.


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Shona Mackin is a mum to a little boy and massive Bernese Mountain Dog fur baby. In her previous (and current) life, she is the owner of social media agency socialface. As a serial entrepreneur, she aimed to design her businesses to do what she wanted, when she wanted… at least thats what she thought, until she found out her babies had a better plan. Thankfully her former former life as a dancer gave her oodles of flexibility and determination to roll with whatever each new day throws her way… sometimes… other days coffee helps in the morning and wine in the evening or a time out in a hot shower to block out the noise.
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