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How to Help Your Kids Earn Better Grades

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One of the most important goals kids can set is to earn better grades.   It’s easier than you think. You and your child are well aware where he/she is excelling and where he/she may need some help.  Every child is different, but in more than a decade of helping millions of students at Tutor.com, we find that there are a few key reasons kids’ suffer from less than awesome grades. We know how to fix them.

Help Kids Earn Better Grades

How to Help Your Kids Earn Better Grades

  1. Straight A student who Stumbled - High school math and science as well as AP and Honors classes feature a tough curriculum and faster pace that can challenge even the best students.  If this is your child, he/she may need an ongoing source of help to stay on track. Speak to your child’s teacher or counselor to see what additional help is available.  Some kids benefit from creating study groups, others need one-to-one attention from a tutor.  Online tutoring is great because students can get help the very night they miss something in class.  This helps them from falling behind.
  2. The Case of the Missing Assignments - If your child is chronically disorganized and has missed handing in assignments,  it’s sure to lower his/her grades.  This is an issue for many middle school students who have to deal with changing classes and having multiple teachers and multistep projects. Help your child get organized.   Set up a regular homework routine that works for your child and his/her activities to ensure that assignments are completed.  For those larger projects with deadlines that are a month or more out, create a plan with smaller steps that make the assignment manageable and easy to track.  Check off each step to guarantee an on-time delivery.
  3. Likes School.  Hates Math. (or English or Science)  – Many kids are doing well, but have that one subject where they really don’t get it.  This is normal!  In a recent Tutor.com survey, 61% of parents reported that their child struggles in one subject.  My advice is get help early.   Don’t let your child get so frustrated that he/she gets turned off a subject that he/she might be really great at.    Figure out what fits your family’s schedule and budget to get a great tutor to help your child gain confidence, skills and yes, grades. Parents play an important role in helping their kids figure out what may be holding them back from better grades.  Most importantly, it’s ok if a parent can’t help with calculus homework or doesn’t remember how to balance a chemistry equation.    My daughter is a busy high school sophomore who balances tough classes and sports.  She works regularly with online tutors at 8 p.m . or later  to stay up with her pre-calculus class.  It’s a great way to get help on her schedule and keeps me happy and stress-free during homework time!

How do you help your kids earn better grades?

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Mandy Ginsberg is the CEO of Tutor.com which helps 6,000 students a night by connecting them to a great tutor online.  She is also the proud mom of two daughters.

 

 

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Jill Greenlaw

Jill Greenlaw has a banking background. She gave that up 17 years ago when she got married and started having kids. She loved being a stay-at-home mom while raising her four beautiful children. A few years ago, Jill went back to work in sales. She is now working for the Mom It Forward team as their Community Manager. She loves her job. Her interests include camping, motorcycling, boating, photography, reading, cooking, and traveling. Put her in flip flops anywhere warm and she is happy.

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