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5 Tips for School Report Cards

Report cards …

In your home, it may be all about high fives, "good jobs" and a trip to your child's favorite restaurant.

If so, that's awesome! But if you're like many families, report card time is also a chance to look at "get better" areas.

Here's the thing: There's no one-size-fits-all solution to helping your child improve those "get better" areas. As you know from reviewing report cards, grades don't always give you the full picture either. And, it can be overwhelming to try and figure out a game plan by yourself!

So, we talked with our education experts and compiled the top tips for making report card time a happier, more high-fiving experience.

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Here's How to Handle Good (And Bad) Report Cards

1. Set expectations.

From the first day of school, make sure your child knows there will be a real conversation about school every evening — not just a half-hearted attempt at discussion and one-word answers.

2. Establish a study plan with your child.

Your child needs to develop regular study habits and to spend an adequate amount of time every day on doing homework and studying for tests. Be aware of your child's assignments, and observe whether your student is using time effectively to tackle homework and study. Encourage him or her to put forth his or her best effort and to persevere.

Need a little help with study tips? For 5 easy-to-use time management and organization tools, download our popular "Eliminate the Sunday Night Homework Panic" guide.

3. Stay in touch with your child's teachers and school counselor. 

Keep an open line of communication with your child's teacher. Explore other resources offered by the school such as tutors, homework centers, classes outside the normal school day or online subject support. 

The link between home and school is vital. Your school’s counselor can request periodic progress reports between grading periods, and set up conferences with teachers, parents and students when necessary.

4. Be sure to keep report cards in perspective.

Remember that a report card is just one measure of how your child is doing at one particular time. While a report card is important, make sure you continue to motivate and encourage your child if he or she is doing well in other areas. Positive motivation from parents is a great way to build your child’s self-esteem and can lead to successful grades down the road.

5. Get help immediately if you see a problem.

Remember that a report card is just one measure of how your child is doing at one particular time. While a report card is important, make sure you continue to motivate and encourage your child if he or she is doing well in other areas. Positive motivation from parents is a great way to build your child’s self-esteem and can lead to successful grades down the road.

Don't fall prey to your child's promise to do better. Kids may not be able to correct certain issues without help from the adults in their life.

Sylvan is a great resource for families when a student needs a little extra help.

Our experts are available for Report Card Consultations. Yes, that means you can come in with your child’s report card and get REAL advice with SOLUTIONS!

Of course, every grade and year of school is different. That's why we sat down with our education experts and got specific report card tips for each age group!

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