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Reminders For Stress-Free Report Cards

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Report Cards mark a great time to set new goals for the rest of the school year and act as an effective tool to track progress. Unfortunately, Report Cards carry a lot of weight—kids don’t want to anger or disappoint their parents, and any negative feedback can cause serious concerns for parents.


The most important thing to consider is that report cards highlight any problems your child might be having in the classroom. Treat it like a red flag! If you don’t take action now, grades can slip, and academic struggles could worsen. If there are areas of concern, take action before it’s too late! Here are some tips to improve your child’s bad report cards


  1. This is the first report card of the year, meaning there’s still lots of time to get ahead of any problem areas. 
  2. Focus on the teacher’s comments, too! Grades are a decent performance indicator, but the comments give you a better overall insight into how the student is doing in the classroom. 
  3. Add some context to your child’s report card. Some years are more challenging than others, such as the shift from early to middle school or the first year of high school. 
  4. Postpone the conversation if you are upset about the report card. Calm, cool, and collected is best when talking to your child about their grades, so stress doesn’t impact their performance any further. Make sure to highlight something positive about the report card to lighten the discussion at the beginning
  5. Listen attentively to your child as they address their concerns and offer their own opinion on their learning thus far. 


If your child consistently brings bad report cards home, it might be time to explore supplemental help. Contact an Oxford Learning centre near you today to chat with our experts. We can help get your child feeling confident in the classroom once again!

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