Not every subject comes naturally to every student. There are certain topics some students find more challenging than others. Not getting a perfect score can be upsetting, but it can also be a learning experience. Children can take these struggles and use them to become better students.

It is important to praise effort over results. Focus on how hard your child worked and their dedication to doing their best. Celebrate good grades, but also improvements in their grades. Everyone has an off day, and expecting perfection with everything is not realistic and can put undue stress on your child. Struggling can help them be more successful in the long run.

They discover that there are different ways to solve problems and learn information. Your child may need to try several strategies for note-taking or studying before they find what works best for them. They may use different methods for different subjects. This helps them to see that there is not only one way to do something or to get the right answer.

It can improve their time management. Did they score poorly on a test because they did not spend enough time studying? Did they wait until the last minute and try to cram? Work with your child to problem solve and brainstorm things they can do differently in the future. This includes planning ahead and starting to study earlier, or prioritizing finishing their project over playing video games.

It can boost their confidence. Initially, their self-esteem may take a hit, but as they continue to work hard and their grades improve, they can see the results of their efforts. They realize that they can do well if they take good notes, follow directions, ask questions, spend time studying, and apply the strategies they have learned. Keep a folder of work that shows their successes and reminds them that they can do it.

It can encourage goal setting. Getting a poor grade can motivate your child to set goals for what they want to achieve. Maybe on the next test they want to score at least 5 points better, or spend 20 minutes a day studying. Perhaps they want to read 15 pages of their book each night, or write 3 paragraphs of their essay. Help them to set realistic goals that can facilitate better results.

They learn to ask for help. If there is something they don’t understand, asking for help can clear up confusion and empower them to be more successful moving forward. Parents can be role models by asking for help themselves and showing kids that there is nothing wrong with not knowing how to do something. Their teachers want to help them, and want to see them do well.

If your child is struggling and becoming frustrated, tutoring can be a great way to get them the one-on-one help they need. At Crafting Scholars, each child’s strengths, areas of need, and learning style are evaluated to create a customized curriculum. They receive focused attention on skills, strategies, and concepts that will help them now and in the future. Contact Crafting Scholars to create a plan tailored to your child’s needs and goals.