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A parent contacted me concerned about her child because he’d barely passed 7th grade. She wanted to know what she could do to make sure that he received the assistance and instruction needed to be prepared for high school.

Although there are so many things a parent can do to help ensure academic success, the following are basic tips for parents, whose children are struggling academically.

First figure out what the problem is. Sometimes, problems aren’t academically related at all, especially when students reach middle and high school levels.

If it is academic, you can begin by reviewing your child’s homework, even when he is in middle school, and observing his study habits. See if he gets frustrated with homework or if it takes a long time to complete an assignment. Make the teachers aware of any concerns you notice.

Meet with teachers regularly, review class assignments and test grades, and don’t be afraid to ask the teachers about your child’s school social life. It’s important that you encourage your child to ask for help, when he’s not clear about any assignment.

At home you should allow and encourage adequate study time, and make sure he gets plenty of sleep.

There is no magic wand to wave in order to guarantee that a student will be successful throughout his school career. Remember, every child progresses at a different level. Encourage yours to do his best and provide as much support as you can.

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