Disappointing Report Card? It’s Not the End

Disappointing Report Card? It’s Not the End


You’re about to receive your child’s school report card. Whether it’s rewarding or rather alarming, one thing’s for sure: now is not the time to ease up. In fact, you need to maintain—and sometimes even increase—the pace. This is why tutors from School Success are sharing some tips to end the year on a high note.

A question of mindset

“The mind plays a big role in motivation and success. Personally, I believe that the foundation for a young person who is struggling is to believe in their own abilities. I see improvements in all the young people I tutor. Sometimes they improve quickly, sometimes it takes a bit of time. You’ve been failing English? Well, roll up your sleeves, work hard and believe in yourself. I encourage all young people to watch the video The power of believing that you can by Carol Dweck. It’s inspiring!”

— Marie-Pierre

Diversify how you learn

Diversify how you learn

“Learning happens by diversifying how you learn. Sometimes, at the end of the year, we start to get bored and to lack motivation. Offering variety is stimulating. But how do we do this?

  • Do online exercises: it’s more stimulating than doing the same “paper” exercises over and over.
  • Participate in remedial sessions: sometimes, a teacher or tutor introduces a concept in a different way and it magically clicks.
  • Watch documentaries or do research online. Of course, the keyword is credibility: make sure that the source of the information is trustworthy.”

— Boris

Not the time to ease up

To those who are doing well, it’s not the time to take your foot off the gas. Continue to listen in class. Continue to study a bit each day. Then, it will be easier in June. If you start easing up before June 23, you risk regretting it later. I have taught too many summer courses to young people who fail math because they’re lazy, not because they’re struggling.” — Félix

A small tip for parents

“Is the report card disappointing, even devastating? Relax! There’s still time to act and avoid failure. To help your child do well in school, you need to start by motivating yourself and believing that it’s possible. And remember: you don’t need to become a teacher. Your child only needs your support and encouragement. They need to know that you believe in them.” — Karina


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