Understanding your child’s school progress - Mathnasium

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Understanding your child’s school progress - Mathnasium

Postby NVN News » Fri Feb 16, 2024 9:21 am


As the spring term progresses, it’s a time when parents typically review their child’s progress at the mid-point of the school year, and often as entrance exams and 11+ tests are looming; this means it’s a perfect time to discuss with your child how they have found the school year so far and what they can do to achieve their goals by (school) year’s end. Are they struggling in some areas? Do they need to be challenged more? Let your child know that you’re ready to help them work out what they need for a rewarding rest of the school year. Here are some tips to help you put your progress monitoring to work:

1. Get Your Questions Answered

Talk to your child to make sure you understand how they feel they are doing in maths, especially if they are struggling with homework or basic concepts in certain topics. If they are, it could be that you need to raise it with their teacher so understanding your child’s challenges sooner rather than later will enable you and them to advocate for additional support and give them the confidence they can achieve academically.

2. Make a Plan

Explore ways for them to either stay on track at school or catch up to where they need to be. If they’re already ahead and excelling in maths, discuss what might keep them interested in the subject. Encourage your child to advocate for themselves, to ask their teacher for help when needed. This is also a great time to connect with programmes that can help them get the support they need, such as supplementary tutoring. And remember to keep a long-term perspective. The key is for your child to stay focused and not lose sight of their goals. Ensure they aren’t overscheduled with extracurricular activities or feeling so worried about results that they don’t enjoy the learning process. A successful school experience involves gaining knowledge, thinking independently, asking questions, and developing confidence.

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