School’s been back in session for a bit, and hopefully you’ve settled into a daily routine that works well for your family.
With everyone getting into the swing of things, October marks a smart time to take the temperature of your child’s year. By now, you should have a few major signals that can act as early warnings of what is to come from this year’s academic performance.
Here’s our list of the top four cues indicating your child could benefit from academic support:
- By October, your child has taken a few quizzes and a test or two. The results of these first major assessments can provide essential data. Whether it is used to undermine the claims of “oh, History is my easy class” or to support cries of “please, Math is so hard I need help!”, enough data exists to make a confident, informed decision on whether or not an academic coach could be a useful guide this school year.
- At this point, teachers have shown their habits, teaching styles, and pedagogy. How is your child faring in these new environments? Perhaps class moves too fast, or the teacher seems unapproachable, or tests are simply way, way harder than the homework. One-on-one attention from a coach who is carefully selected to match your child’s personality can go a long way in evening out the inconsistencies of the classroom learning experience.
- First impression season is over! Your child and the teacher have sized each other up and made the initial judgements which will inform their dynamic for the rest of the year. Student-teacher relationships that get off to a rocky start have a hard time righting themselves naturally. If your child declares dislike for a certain teacher, motivation may not come easily for tough assignments, and animosity can even impair learning. In critical subjects, it is important every student has a voice that he or she can trust, attaching positive emotions to learning and growing. For example, all it takes is one bad math teacher for a single year to develop serious math-phobia.
- October harkens the end of summer optimism and the entrance of fall reality. With extracurricular activities established and schedules set, you now know how much time your student has for studying and homework. If all signs point to “not enough,” don’t be too surprised: kids today are busy! Being a soccer star or concert violinist is as vital a part of their lives as school. Just as extracurriculars require practice and coaching, the academic life of an involved child can greatly benefit from a tutor who will keep them on track and up to speed.
It’s also not too early to get started prepping for college admittance tests like the PSAT, ACT and SAT, so your child doesn’t cram later. And there are always benefits to a last-minute refresher for students sitting for these tests in November and December.