KUSA - According to the Department of Higher Education, 40 percent of all high school graduates are not ready to take a 100-level course in college. This level of unpreparedness is reflective of learning difficulties going unnoticed and untreated in the years leading up to college.
Often, learning difficulties can be easily fixed if caught early. Children whose challenges are caught between kindergarten and third grade have an easier time catching up and staying ahead throughout their time in school.
But how can parents determine if their student is struggling? Here are some tips:
- Be aware of what your student's grades are. Identifying areas of struggle early increases chances of improvement. Weekly involvement with students is ideal.
- Listen for keywords or phrases, such as, "School is dumb," "I hate math" or "I don't want to go to school."
- Watch for an overall lack of confidence - it could be a sign that they are struggling with learning and school.
- Pay attention to resistance to doing their schoolwork or passive acceptance of C and D grades.
- Many students struggle upon returning to school after summer vacation if what they learned the previous year was not kept fresh in their minds. Subjects increase in difficulty with each new grade, so parents and students should find a way to stay prepared for the next year's education.
Parents should never feel like they cannot be in touch with the school. A child's education is a team effort, and parents are an important component. By pinpointing barriers to education and removing them early, parents can help ensure that their children are ready for the next level of education.
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