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MUMS' TOP 5: Tips if your child is falling behind at school

MY CHILD is falling behind at school - what should I do? Here are 5 tips…

Get involved: Find out which areas your child is struggling in, or where they need improvement and get involved with their studies in this field. If it's maths, get them to discuss their maths homework with you and solve problems together. Be the guiding eye over their work and encourage them to keep practicing even when they feel like it's too hard.

Get them organised: Doing up a homework schedule may work well for your children. If they thrive on routine and patterns, doing up a timetable for them to study could be the organisation they need. Spending X-hours on a certain subject each week will ensure they don't skip over the parts they find hard, which are the areas they need the most practice.

Teach them memory games: Some children won't take to this, but some will absolutely thrive on it - especially the creative ones - and remember things until they're 80. Use flash cards and quirky sayings, acronyms or songs to help your child remember certain phrases or formulas.

Talk to the teacher: If your child is falling behind at school, it is worth talking to their teacher to find out what is happening in the classroom. Maybe they're getting bullied or are the class clown and need to channel their focus more on school work. Or maybe there are certain areas where the teacher notices them withdrawal from class discussions or participation which may give you some guidance into the areas of study that your child needs to focus on.

Emphasise successes: When your child has small wins, make it known to them. Positive reinforcement helps build a positive relationship between your child and that subject and once they know they are not a failure, they'll be more determined to do well in that area. 

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