In a classroom full of students, all are different from one another. Some are toppers, higher performers, a few are mediocre and some students also face low academic performance. Every teacher wishes for the academic well-being of every single student in the class. Let us discuss some effective strategies that teachers can follow to work for the betterment of students getting low academic results.
Tips for teachers to work more on students with low academic performance
1. Conduct extra classes for them
In the regular classes, teachers have to rush with the syllabus, and the number of students is more because of which giving separate attention to the students with low academic performance becomes difficult. To overcome this issue, teachers can conduct extra classes for such students. In the free period, you can take extra classes or after the school hours get over, you can plan an online teaching. This will help you to give personal attention, re-teach the topics to students and work for their improvement.
2. Keep encouraging students
Getting low academic performance and scores is quite disturbing for students. They get discouraged, sad, and feel like giving up. This also leads to unhealthy comparisons. In such times, teachers’ support is quite important. Use motivational quotes for students, and encourage them to keep trying, put in the effort, and stay positive. The suggestions and support received will help them to stay strong emotionally and mentally.
3. Be strict if you find them less accountable
None of the teacher’s efforts will work if students lack accountability and sincerity towards their studies. Many students perform low in academics because of the chilled attitude they have. Not studying every day, being irregular to the classes, not making notes, and lack of homework submission show that students don’t complete their responsibilities well.
This affects their learning and also teachers’ growth. In such cases, teachers should be strict with students. First, explain them calmly but if you see no improvement, set a strict tone. Getting warnings for punishment works to bring students on the right track. This will help you to teach online as well as in conventional classrooms effectively.
4. Use technology to teach
Not all students have the same grasping and understanding skills. For some learners, understanding the applicative and theoretical topics from the textbooks becomes difficult. To overcome this problem, technology helps.
By using online teaching apps and sites, teachers can access several audiovisual tools like educational videos, modules, demonstrations, picture cards, PowerPoint presentations, and more. With the help of visualization, students tend to understand the concepts better and quicker. Also, their interest level in learning enhances. Teachers can send these technical resources to the email addresses of the students so that they can have quality self-studies too.
5. Ask parents to keep a check on their ward’s self-studies
In the academic growth and development of students, along with teachers, parents play an equal contribution. If the students have a low academic performance this means they lack effective self-studies. Only being fully dependent on classroom learning won’t work. Consistent self-efforts hold significance too.
In this regard, parents play an important role. Teachers should interact with students facing low academic results quite often. Conduct parent-teacher meetings or interact over phone calls. Ask them what is the current learning schedule of their ward. Tell parents to keep a check on what their child is studying. You can tell parents to be a helping hand, look after their child more and provide him or her with a tuition teacher if needed.
6. Conduct a test after teaching every lesson
Many students face low academic scores because of the unhealthy habit of delaying and procrastinating their learning. In this regard, conducting frequent tests will help. Don’t wait for the official formative and summative assessments. For such students, you should plan for additional tests too. For example, after conducting a few extra classes and completing a particular lesson, plan for a test in the next class.
This will make sure that students learn every day. Also learning in smaller portions will be easier, encouraging, and less hectic for them. Getting good scores in these short tests will be quite motivating for them to continue the good work. Keep tracking the performance, if you still find any student lagging, consult your fellow teachers and plan something more effective.
Along with top performers, some students get low scores and grades. By following the above-mentioned tips, teachers can work for the betterment of the academic performance of such students. This will help teachers gradually bring students on the right track and ensure their academic growth.