My Son is Struggling in High School: What To Do?

Did you know that 90% of the things your child learns in high school will be forgotten by the time they graduate? It’s true.

That is why it is so important to give them every opportunity to succeed in high school, so they can go out into the world with a lifetime of knowledge and skills.

There are many ways for parents to help their children succeed in high school. Read on to find out how!

How to Help a Teenager Struggling in School

Teens struggle in school because the teenage brain is still developing. Make one-on-one time a priority.

For instance, have dinner as a family where all teens have to be present, or go for a drive and talk about their day. Help them refine their strengths instead of just trying to teach skills that come easily to them.Son struggling in high school

Encourage interest in what they’re learning by asking questions and showing an interest in topics discussed at school even if it doesn’t pertain to your field of expertise, but do not push books on them or try to offer solutions they haven’t fully discussed with you yet.

How to Help Your Child Succeed in High School

Make sure that your child has a really solid foundation of good study habits.

Good students are regular students, and every student should have the opportunity to learn how to regulate their own emotions, the ability to take care of themselves, be resourceful in solving problems, and have clear communication skills.

If these things are present early on, you’ll notice an increased sense of self-reliance which will propel them through high school until they can function as mature adults [1].

For many children helping them grow into independent people is the best way you can help them succeed in any area success is measured by understanding who they are both intellectually and emotionally.

Your contributions to academic achievement may include both direct efforts (helping with homework), giving advice about school life, and helping them with the everyday challenges faced at the school.

The keyword in the question is to help, not ensure. You cannot ensure that your child succeeds completely or avoid all risks of failure.

However, you can do your best to provide them with the tools necessary for success and reduce their chances of falling by teaching them how to learn throughout their formative years.

By exposing children at an early age to what it means to succeed, they will come to define this fuzzy term for themselves – goal setting, perseverance, and solutions through adversity are future hallmarks that indicate success in high school students.

Those same qualities help them succeed academically.

Tips for Parents of High School Students

-Be patient. High school students are young adults learning to balance relationships, extracurricular activities, friendships, fashion sense, and more.

-Encourage them to become involved in their desired extracurricular activities whether it is sports or clubs. Young adults who are active tend to have better grades in high school, too.

-Schedule time for them with their friends. This will help them build healthy relationships that will carry over into adulthood where they may be more challenging to maintain once spouses and children come into the picture.

-Allow them some autonomy when at home instead of always sending orders and giving directions on what they should do with their own time while there if possible.

Consequences for Bad Grades in High School

A list of some of the known consequences for bad grades in high school includes not being able to play on the basketball team, being forced to work weekends at a fast-food restaurant, detention after school, suspension from extracurricular activities, and lower SAT scores.

Consequences are usually determined based on how low or high grades are. Poor grades can lead to embarrassment about their performance in front of peers that have good grades.

It often leads them into an environment where they feel pessimistic about themselves and their future because they believe they’ll always be bad at things.

Failure at tasks is also more likely if they’ve had poor grade performance throughout the year which has led to less experience with these types of tasks which would otherwise show successes.

‘I Hate School so much I want to Cry’

Needless to say, this feeling of dislike and frustration is common among teenagers. But parents and teachers can do something to help.

They can provide activities you enjoy that will distract you from your thoughts about school and help get your mind off the fact that you may not like what’s going on in there.

You just need an infusion of different types of activities to keep things fresh.

One suggestion is setting aside certain time periods during the day where you spend time engaging in some activity, and then use these mentally stimulating periods as a break from school work (in other words, “time out”).

So set aside 10 minutes each hour at two separate points within the school day for an activity such as reading a book or playing chess.

Child Hates School & Depression

What is your child’s opinion about school? Do they see school as a positive thing, one that you should encourage them to engage in, or do they see it as a negative thing that you should discourage them from?

Children who are told “school is always great!” may start to resent what any other activity wants to ask of them – namely, serious concentration and exertion.

It’s not uncommon for children in this kind of position to refuse outright to try new activities because they fear the feeling of frustration when an activity proves insufficiently stimulating.

It seems like you’re trying not so much to encourage positivity for school in your child but rather hope that their opinion will naturally change over time.

Teenage Education Problems

Teenagers typically experience school problems related to academic performance, anti-social behavior, and social anxiety.

As you might imagine, each one of these topics is hugely complex in addition to the other factors that may be associated with it.

Unfortunately, there are no easy fixes for any of them! They’re all deeply rooted in personal expectations and an environment that can’t draw out potentials like they should be able to.

One of the problems that many students face is related to the use of modern technology in schools.

It has been shown through research that student engagement and test scores decrease as a result of reducing time spent on lessons rather than increasing the use of technology at school.

Positively, though this trend seems to be reversing, which can indicate an upswing in the popularity of calculator-based measurement.

Establishing calculator-based assessments could also meaningfully prepare teens for standardized tests like the SAT if they want to attend college.

Additionally, there may be equalizing benefits related not just to access but also appropriateness; calculators provide an easier way for teenagers who are rusty with algebra or geometry.

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