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Ways to Help Your Child Improve Their Grades


This is the fourth and final installment of our Spring Break series posts. If you've missed the other three let me give you a refresher. We started off by sharing Questions You Should Be Asking Your Child's Teacher, we then followed it up by giving you some Parent Teacher Conference Tips. Once you've mastered the art we then give some Homework Success Tips since we all know that kids aren't a big fan of homework. It can however be easy for your child’s grades to slip. All it takes is not studying for one test or not turning in an important assignment. Once your child starts to fall behind, it can be difficult to catch up. Fortunately, the sooner your child starts improving their grades, the easier it will be. Here are a few ways you can help your child improve their grades.


Don’t Do It For Them

If you want your child to improve their grades, don’t do their homework or assignments for them. You can help them understand what they’re doing, but if you take over, then your child is learning that their effort is worthless. Instead of doing it for them, give them a hint but make them come up with their own answer.

Hire a Tutor

However if your child’s grades are slipping because they don’t understand what they’re learning, you might want to look into hiring a tutor. The tutor can give your child the skills they need to succeed and boost their grades. A tutor is especially helpful if you feel as if the assignment or homework is too hard for you to help them with.

Ask for Extra Credit

One way to help your child improve their grades is to ask for extra credit or for your child to redo an assignment. If possible, your child’s teacher can give them an extra assignment over the subject they received a poor grade on. Your child can then show that they now understand the content, helping them receive a better grade than before.

Keep a Planner

Many times, kids grades are marked down because they turned in an assignment late or because they didn’t do it at all. This hurts their grades, not only because they get a grade for the assignment, but also because these assignments are designed to help your child learn the material that will probably be on a test as well. In order to make sure your child doesn’t fall behind with homework, buy a planner for them to write down due dates. Check this planner with them on a daily basis so that both of you know when their next assignment is due.

Let's discuss: How do you help your child keep their grades up?

Annmarie John
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  1. Such good tips I try to make all my daughtera learning fun to an extent and it's heled so far !

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    1. Making it fun sure is a good way to help.

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  2. All great tips. I know someone, who will not be named, who was always doing her child's homework and then seemed surprised when their test results were low. Well, since they never got a chance to learn it ...

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    1. I know someone like that too. My kids only come to me when they really can't get it.

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  3. I try to make it fun for them. I try to find YouTube videos that would make learning more engaging and more fun.

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    1. That surely is a good way to make it fun for sure.

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  4. With this common core stuff I KNOW that I'm going to have to hire a tutor. I admit that I don't understand most of the homework that the kids come home with.

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    1. Oh yes that common core stuff sure is a killer ain't it? I don't understand much of it myself.

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  5. These are some good tips. I would just add communication with the school to the list.

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    1. That is a good tip for sure and was mentioned in one of my other post but it works here too.

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  6. Those are good tips, especially number one. It's important to make sure that they do their own homework. That will help you see if they learned the lesson or if they're having difficulty.

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    1. And that is true. A lot of parents do their kids homework and usually the kids have no idea what's going on.

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  7. These are great! I think sometimes parents can get discouraged so it can make it worse for the child. A positive attitude helps!

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    1. It really does. If you're getting frustrated, take a break and come back.

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  8. Great tips. Yes, I agree parents should know how to help their kids get good grades that in effect won't make them dependent

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    1. You want your kids to be able to do the work on their own but sometimes they need a bit of help.

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  9. As a teacher in the past, I recommend the planner idea, but only if the teacher is on board to check and make sure your child is diligent in recording assignments. I encountered many angry parents who'd come for conferences to complain to me that their child was failing even though he/she was doing all their assignments. Problem was, that their child never wrote down the homework or bothered turning it in.

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    1. My son is like that. He does it but never remembers to turn it in. I've had to remind him constantly.

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  10. My two are both doing great (Honor Roll for the teen, academic achievement awards for the little man). I had one child though (grown now) who had challenges sometimes in school. Routine was a big thing for him.... if we stuck to a schedule for homework he was more prone to let me help him when he needed it because it was 'homework time.'

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    1. That's a good thing and routine surely does help.

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  11. I love that you start off with don't do it for them. I see so many of my friends resort to that and it is really starting a beast. Now their kids feel they don't have to do it because mom will.

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    1. And it should never be like that. You can help but never do it for them.

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  12. My son is a senior in high school with gradation right around the corner! We have been using similar tips for years with much success!

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    1. That's great! I'm so happy that they are already working for you.

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  13. Great trips for kids to be encouraged to do their best.

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    1. You should always encourage your kids to do their best.

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  14. I am so grateful that I never really had to address this issue as my kids were always so self-motivated. Plus, the definitely did not want me to be involved as it would not have been a pleasant experience.

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  15. These are great tips! I have used some of them with my son! Will share your post with my friends!

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    1. Thank you Claudia and I'm glad you're already using some of them with your son.

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  16. Sooner or later, you would need to tell your child to keep her own planner. I remember that's how I learned to be responsible. :)

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    1. That is true. It's an asset for high school and college students.

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  17. My daughter M just finished her school for this year, I have trained her to study and review by herself. I want her to have her own way to study and review, if not I gave her an option of me stepping in and do it my way.. which she doesn't like. She's one of the top students'in the class. Heading to 6th Grade now. :)

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    1. That is awesome! We should never do our kids work for them but encourage them to do it for themselves. It's truly the only way they'll ever learn. Because of your ethics she's one of the top students. Way to go!

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  18. Some great tips here which will help me as I have 5 children in school

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    1. I'm glad that it was able to help if even a little.

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  19. You have illustrated some great tips, as a child I would ensure that my homework is done daily and on time and I have followed that training straight up to University. I am quiet proud of myself and the achievement that I have made. I will surely pass these on to my potential kids and younger siblings.
    -beautythatwalks.com

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    1. That is awesome Tione and I wish a lot of people thought the way you do. Most kids would wait until the very last minute and if it wasn't for parents, I think a lot of homework won't get done. Way to go!

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  20. All of these are great tips for helping your child improve their grades. They could also work for homeschoolers, like us. It is so easy to fall behind.

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    1. I've always wondered about homeschooling because I'm thinking that's what I want to do with Madison. I'm sure I can possibly fall behind as well.

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  21. These are very helpful tips for a first-time mom like me. I remember my mom teaching me and helping me with my assignment during my grade school instead of hiring a tutor. I will definitely do the same with my son. Thanks for sharing!

    Mhaan <3 | Mommy Rockin' In Style Blog

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    1. You're very welcome. My mom did the same thing but when she was unable to help I got a tutor and I did the same for my own children as well.

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