By its very nature, school can be challenging–even when a student is eager to learn and learns readily and easily. The sheer amount of information they need to take in and understand during their educational career is amazing, and it is often their curiosity and their hunger for information that helps them through. But what happens when they encounter learning difficulties and begin to struggle in school?
Resolving Learning Difficulties
Oftentimes when a student begins to struggle with learning, their parents begin to struggle with how to help them. Before looking for all manner of unusual and complicated solutions, however, parents should consider some basics:
1. Is your child receiving the time and attention they need to succeed in school? It’s an unfortunate fact that many schools have so many students and so few teachers that classes are over-full and students simply don’t receive the time and attention they need. This is where private schools truly shine–there tend to be fewer students assigned to each teacher, which allows teachers to spend additional time with each student. In many cases, a simple confusion which can lead to learning difficulties is often able to be resolved with more individualized teacher attention.
2. Does your child need additional help with one particular subject? Some students do very well in a wide range of subjects but have limited difficulties with just one subject. Where this is the case, the student would likely benefit enormously from tutoring in this subject. A tutor who is knowledgeable about and familiar with the particular subject your child is struggling with can help to fill in holes in their understanding and provide additional practice as needed. In some cases, tutoring is only needed for a brief time, and then the student is able to move smoothly forward in school.
3. Is your child weak on their homework discipline? It can sometimes happen that a student isn’t particularly struggling with any subject, but they do struggle with completing their homework. This can lead to learning difficulties in the long run because while homework does not provide primary instruction in specific subjects, it does provide opportunities to practice what one is learning. Some parents take it upon themselves to provide the structure and support their children need to discipline themselves to complete their homework. In other cases, they find that turning to someone else, like a tutor, can be less stressful for all involved. Either way, it is always a good idea to alert your child’s teacher to the situation, as they may be able to provide additional advice and support.
4. Does your child just need a confidence boost? There are some instances where a student’s learning difficulties stem largely from a lack of confidence. They are, in essence, preventing themselves from truly excelling in a subject because they doubt their own abilities in that subject. Fortunately, this usually can be resolved quite easily by having your child practice their skills and receive your acknowledgment for doing so. Finding out that they are doing something well can increase a child’s willingness to keep doing that thing, and even to improve their skills in that area.
Children are unique in their abilities, interests, and talents, and as such, they need unique educational solutions. A child with learning difficulties is not doomed to struggle through the rest of their education, but rather just needs an alternative solution that works well for them. Delphi Florida is an alternative school, and one of the most elite private schools in Tampa. For more information about our program and how we can help your child succeed in school, contact us today.