While some young individuals excel at academics, it’s just a fact that other students meet more hurdles and challenges on their educational path. While it’s easy for us to blame poor performance levels on laziness, inadequate parental support in education at home or a lack of desire to succeed, but this is not always the case. Some children simply do not fit easily into the modern educational framework of tests, quizzes, due dates and deadlines, assignments and they easily end up feeling stifled and are unable to succeed in such an adamant environment.
It is, unfortunately, not likely that today’s grading system and educational assessment techniques are going to change to a more malleable and all-encompassing model any time soon. There are simply way too students to serve for this to happen. Fortunately, however, there are ways to respond to the different educational needs of students who are less suited to a competitive and structured environment. Instead of dismissing such individuals, it’s vital to take a keen interest in order to ascertain what will help them move forward.
While it may seem counter intuitive, it’s often the case that students who don’t have a highly organized brain will benefit from a more orderly external environment. Below are three ways to accomplish this.
1. Use planning notebooks-
A simple and easy way to achieve this is by introducing kids to the idea of using academic planners. Having a clear outlining due dates, assignments, expectations & exams will make the seemingly endless nature of academic expectations seem a little bit more manageable for students who aren’t as naturally and academically inclined. A variety of different student planner templates from professional planning companies can be designed to meet the unique learning needs with very minimal cost.
2. Keep communication open- very true!
Sometimes, all it takes is a weekly check-in with an educationally challenged child to really turn things around. This can be as simple as a tutor or educator taking 10 minutes to look over a student’s upcoming assignments, talking about their prioritization and time management, answering to any questions they may have and giving any other pertinent advice they may need.
3. Helping them in making organization a habit-
We know, often times, establishing communication and organizational patterns early stage will create well habits and benefit them in all areas of their life-be it academic or otherwise. They will learn the life skills of being self-starters, taking responsibility for their tasks that need to be accomplished & defining and reaching goals-all of which are essential, you know for lifelong success.