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My son is getting into the 5th grade and we're wondering what we can do for him in...

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omarwaseem | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 18, 2013 at 8:36 PM via web

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My son is getting into the 5th grade and we're wondering what we can do for him in getting better grades?

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mizzwillie | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted August 20, 2013 at 4:43 PM (Answer #1)

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First of all, be happy that you are parents involved with your child's education. Is there a reason for your concern?  Is he disorganized?  Unconcerned? Shy? Can't see the board?  Doing only enough to get by? Grades not up to his level? Try to determine why his grades don't match his capabilities or why you are concerned.  Work WITH his teacher to help him succeed. 

 As for helping him get better grades, study skills are a big part of doing well.  He needs a quiet place to study which is well lit and organized.  He needs to organize his subjects by color so that the red folder and the red notebook are for science while the blue set is for language arts.  Helping him learn to take notes easily will help as will teaching him how to study for a test or performance.  For example, if he has a speech to give in class, have him check how long it should be, what it should contain, and then have him write and practice.  Notice that he is doing the organizing and writing of the speech.  Where you come in is the practice as you can be the audience.  If he has a daily record book, ask to see it each day and see if he is doing his part of keeping track of deadlines and assignments.  Some students have trouble with major projects and he may need help from you to break it down into manageable parts. Use mnemonics  he can make up himself such as words or letters to remember pieces of information such as the names of the planets.  However, remember that you are helping him to learn to study for himself on his own, so that you are his guide but the responsibility is still his.  I hope this helps you.   There are many resources about study skills in books, on-line, and through the teacher.   

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