The end of the first semester will be here before we know it! Now is the time to dig into strong habits and address weaknesses. Consider these tips to address weaknesses and set your child up for academic success:


Come prepared.


The first step to succeed is to prepare for success. Help your student organize his backpack, have a system for papers, and keep track of all school supplies and materials. If tidiness, forgetfulness, or distractedness are issues, find systems and reminders to start new habits. Think: color coding, a planner, timers on a phone to keep a schedule, and regularly tidying up.


Meet with the teacher.


If your student is having trouble in a class, the first stop should be the teacher. Approach your teachers with any concerns you have, and also be open to hearing from teachers about areas for growth before they’re reflected on tests and report cards.


Have specific questions.


Once it’s clear that your student isn’t grasping a subject, help him form questions around what he doesn’t understand. Sometimes you don’t know what you don’t know. That’s where parents can make a difference. Approach the teacher with a graded test and go over the incorrect answers. Read over graded homework and hone in on what needs more clarification. Encourage your student to raise his hand and ask questions in class as they come up.


Maximize small-group sessions.


One-one-one and small-group instruction with a teacher is invaluable, and we utilize this consistently at Self Development Academy. Talk to your student about what he did in his sessions, anything he still has questions about, and what he learned. Also communicate with teachers on what you can work on at home to support him.


Consider a tutor.


Tutoring is not a substitute for class. This can supplement classroom time and homework, especially if you as a parent are not familiar with the coursework or you think your student would respond to and connect with a tutor. This doesn’t have to break the bank:  Sometimes older students a few grades ahead can benefit from teaching and earning a little bit of money.


Create a study group.


Peer tutoring or a study group is another great option to reinforce material. Invite four or five classmates over, prepare some healthy snacks, and clear off the dining room table where they can work with minimal distractions. Depending on their grade, parental involvement might be maximal. But learning in a different setting, practicing good study habits, and having fun in the process will benefit everyone.


If you’re looking for a school to help your child address weaknesses and reach his full potential, look no further! Self Development Academy is recognized as one of the best K-8 charter schools nationwide. We have campuses in Phoenix and Mesa. Find email and phone numbers here. We can’t wait to hear from you!