Parents need to play an active role in their child’s education and future. Higher level courses in any subject assume that students know information from the prerequisite courses. Thus it is important for your child to know the basic concepts well from the elementary school courses before he or she can take higher level courses and succeed in middle school. Same logic applies to courses in middle school, high school, and college. So parents need to be constantly watching their children throughout their school years. Early intervention is crucial to your child's academic success.
As a parent, you need to check your child’s homework and grades from time to time and act if you see your child struggling. Most of the schools give online access to parents for data about their children. It is important to get login id and password from school office at the beginning of the school year and keep on top of your child’s homework assignments, grades, attendance and teacher comments. You need to take active role in guiding your child in the right direction in selecting subjects, as well as assigning priorities to different activities/tasks at home and at school.
If your child misses school for a day or two, it is necessary to make sure that your child has not missed any important test or lesson. In these cases, it is important to make sure that your child makes up for the missed classes/tests/homework and, if needed, gets additional before or after school help from teachers, which teachers normally offer few times a week.
All the children want to do better at school but they may be hesitant to bother you with the difficulties they may be facing in a specific subject. If your child is struggling in a particular subject, if possible, you can help him or her at home and reprioritize his or her other activities. In these cases, it is also important to touch base with your child’s teacher to understand teacher's point of view about difficulties your child is facing and ways to remediate them. You can ask your child to get help from teacher either before or after school or find and use any additional help available at school, elsewhere locally or online.
If above steps do not help, please look for suitable group tutoring or one-on-one tutoring. It is important to intervene early and provide additional timely support to the struggling child to stabilize and subsequently improve his or her understanding and knowledge of the subject and grades. A tutor will also need time to teach and bring your child up to speed on the subject. Even a good tutor may not be able to help much if student falls a lot behind his or her class and there is not much time before the final exams.