To Retain or Promote a Struggling Student

Having to repeat a year frequently does not attain the desired results because such an experience tends to expose a student to the same curriculum along with the same teaching approach. And, since these components didn’t work the first time, they are unlikely to work the second time as well. Furthermore, being retained could have a negative effect on a child’s self-esteem and confidence.

Consequently, instead of being held back, struggling students should be advanced to the next year as this approach along with effective tutoring tends to best meet their needs.

Should you lack confidence in this advice, something which is understandable as I am an unknown author, I recommend that you familiarize yourself with my work by referring to www.abcofreading.com. Once this is done, then carefully consider your child’s situation and decide whether retention or promotion along with tutoring would best suit his/her needs.

Learning Disabilities: The Importance of Obtaining an Official Diagnosis

A diagnosis by a psychologist who is an expert in the field of Learning Disabilities is needed as it would provide an official diagnosis. Such a diagnosis would not only identify learning problems but it would also entitle a student to receive special accommodations – accommodations that could involve:

  • in-school remedial services;
  • a reduced workload;
  • extended time for exams;
  • oral exams for those with written communication difficulties;
  • permission for the older students to use note-takers or record classes.

This assistance would be applicable throughout a student’s academic career and this includes his/her college and university studies as well.

Learning Difficulties: Overcoming Diagnosing Problems

Parents, if you suspect your child is not progressing at a normal rate, do not hesitate to consult a professional – a teacher, pediatrician, psychologist or a speech & language therapist.

If a professional dismisses your concerns, seek a second opinion. If the second opinion is also dismissive, set up another consultation within two to three months.

This appointment should preferably be with one of the previously seen specialists. Meanwhile, keep notes on your child’s school performance and overall behaviour as this could aid the professional in his/her diagnosis.

Remedial Reading: Parental Participation – Help or Hindrance

  • Parental tutoring should only be carried out if the sessions rarely result in unduly stress and frustration for either the child or parent. The reasoning here is that negative emotions not only inhibit learning but, more significantly, they can also affect the child/parent relationship.

    Therefore, if parental tutoring isn’t going well an alternative approach should be considered. For instance, parents could:

    • hire a tutor – see blog entry 10 for tips on choosing a tutor;
    • look into having a trained school volunteer assist their child;
    • use the services of a reputable learning centre;
    • consider linking up with parents whose child also has a learning problem and tutor each other’s children.

Parents as tutors

 

Incidentally, a child’s limited progress doesn’t rest on his shoulders but on the shoulders of the teaching system. A system where far too many teachers graduate from university without sufficient knowledge on how to assist students with persistent learning problems and where the some teachers aren’t keeping up with their professional development..

The next posting will address tips on choosing a tutor.