The recent COVID-19 pandemic has brought a renewed focus to the issue of learning gaps. With students and teachers having to adjust to remote learning, modified schedules, and online activities, they may not have been able to effectively cover all parts of the curriculum as thoroughly as they would during in-person instruction. But even before the pandemic, some students struggled with gaps in their learning which caused them to continue falling further behind.

There are many different reasons why students may be lacking certain foundational skills or content, and these gaps can create problems in the future. Here are some common causes of learning gaps:

  • Students missing class.
  • Covering concepts too quickly.
  • Not covering concepts in enough detail.
  • Difficulty understanding how to apply concepts or skills.
  • Lack of understanding behind why a process works or when to use it.
  • Not asking questions to clear up confusion or misunderstandings.

Students need to have a solid understanding of the basic building blocks of any subject. When some of this foundational knowledge is missing, it makes it harder to move on to more advanced skills or complex topics. For instance, if a student did not fully understand the quadratic formula in Algebra, they will have trouble completing higher level courses involving quadratic equations. Learning gaps can occur in any subject where content builds on itself.

Closing Learning Gaps

First and foremost, it is important to understand where gaps exist. Students may not realize that the reason they are having trouble in math as a junior is because of a concept they did not master as a freshman. Or that misunderstandings from their American History class are now contributing to difficulties with World History. It can go back much further than that as well, depending on when certain curriculum circles back later on.

Crafting Scholars offers diagnostic assessments for various subjects that can identify areas of strength and weakness. This can uncover gaps in learning and show where some foundational skills are missing and affecting performance. Once issues are identified, then a customized curriculum can be created to go back and reteach or reinforce these concepts in a way that enables students to develop a solid understanding.

Learning specialists can work on closing these gaps while also supporting students in keeping pace with their current curriculum and applying what they have learned. It is not too late to go back and remediate these issues.

There are ways that students can be proactive as well:

  • Speak up in class and ask questions if something does not make sense.
  • Complete practice assignments that focus on applying the skill.
  • Regularly review information to solidify understanding and recall.
  • Work with a tutor to bridge gaps and improve concept mastery.

Supporting Academic Success

If your child is frustrated with not being able to keep up in class, their grades are slipping, or they are having trouble completing assignments or tests, contact Crafting Scholars. We can work with your child to identify any gaps in learning they may have and put a personalized plan in place to help them be more successful. Reinforcing foundational skills now can allow them to perform better moving forward. Sign up for diagnostic testing and one-on-one academic support today.