Frustration: a Part of the Learning Process

Although learning is awesome, it can be a difficult and frustrating journey for many students. This difficulty, however, is often times quite normal although most feel it means that a child may not be able to learn or that he/she is so frustrated that learning is no longer taking place. This is where the experienced tutor steps in; for frustration in learning is a part of the learning itself.

I have taught and tutored many students and have seen first hand how this frustration can leave some students, and their parents, feeling helpless and hopeless. But there is ALWAYS Hope!!! What they have failed to realize is that as the brain learns difficult concepts, it can only take in parts at a time, little parts at a time. So although it may seem no learning is taking place, it actually is, just in smaller segments. In fact, the most frustration comes right before a new concept is achieved. This is when most children become the 'most' frustrated. The may not want to go to school, complain they don't feel well, or just feel down.  They may just be coming up on a huge milestone in their learning.  If they keep trying, the concept will be learned and the symptoms will disappear.  

I NEVER give up on my students. I encourage, praise, reward, assist, etc. until the new concept has been reached. Because I understand that frustration is part of the learning process, I become eager when students experience it...they are on the road to progress!!!



Dana B.

Experienced Elementary Tutor Specializing in Struggling Students

1500+ hours
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