Advice Teachers can Give to Parents of a Low Achieving Student

Parents with children who are struggling with low achievement in school need assistance. A child’s teacher provides personal feedback and insight for parents on how to help low-achieving students overcome their challenges and succeed. Some advice teachers give to parents of a low-achieving student center around the child’s daily habits and routines.

Develop real communication with your child’s teachers

Before researching resources to help a low-achieving child or blaming a teacher’s teaching style or experience, develop a relationship with the child’s teachers. Find out the educators’ different teaching methods and classroom expectations. If your child has weak subject areas, explore what is different in those courses by gathering information and insight from the teachers in each subject. Compare strong subjects and identify differences in study habits, level of interest and workload with your child’s weaker subjects. Once you have this information, focus on developing a consistent line of communication with the teachers. Teachers are more willing to remember your child and his or her needs if they feel there is an active plan at home to help the child academically develop and grow.

Make connections between school and real life at home

Most good teachers bring in examples to bring their subject matter to life. At times, the majority of students understand classroom lessons and new concepts. It is important to find out new lessons and discuss relevance and importance to real life. As parents, one way to assist students with low achievement is to help the teacher by continuing the lessons at home. Knowing your child, find ways to relate a new subject matter or difficult lesson to your child’s daily life. That may be metaphorically comparing a math or science lesson to a household chore or extracurricular activity. It requires some creativity, but it makes the difference in many children and help bridge a classroom concept into a practical real life learning tool.

Recognize any and all increments of achievement

According to, many children and teenagers need recognition from parents to develop and maintain motivation for school. If your child is struggling and needs assistance, success is not an overnight process. Even with tutoring and consistent discipline, a child may not feel an intrinsic motivation to achieve well in school. It is important to recognize and celebrate improvement, even very small achievements. Sometimes a child improves their study habits and shows a more serious interest in school but does not achieve the corresponding grades until much later. Recognizing that a low-achieving student is willing to adopt healthy academic habits is the best way to maintain momentum into academic success.

Teachers are helpful professionals and take an interest in student success, especially when there is parental involvement. A teacher’s advice to parents with low-achieving students is simple – get involved. It’s the first step in discovering how to help a struggling student and it is the only real way to consistently address challenges and see academic improvements in a low-achieving student.