Four Ways to Help with a Bad Report Card

Grade Power Learning, The Woodlands

The Woodlands TX 10/19/2015

Four Ways to Help

with a

Bad Report Card

The first report cards of the fall semester will start arriving for most of our area students this week. How you handle the initial conversation upon reviewing the grades will go a long way in how your child responds. You may want to start with defining what represents a “bad report card”.

For students in intermediate, junior, or high school, the grading is focused on academic achievement. While parents of elementary school children need to also pay attention to a behavioral component of every report card.

Let’s take a look at four core ways we suggest you can help with a bad report card:

  1. Don’t get emotional. Easier said than done, right? This is your moment for a teachable life lesson on how to respond to adversity.
  2. Acknowledge the positives. If there are little to none on the report card itself, proceed to #3.
  3. Let your child talk about the report card and his/her experience in school. If their response is a bit muted. We suggest having them discuss the following areas:
    1. Did they miss any tests or quizzes that brought their grades down?
    2. Have them talk about their homework load, where he/she may need help?
    3. What do they personally believe they can do better for an improved report card?
  4. Develop a plan with your child to improve the grades
    1. What are your obligations?
    2. What are your child’s obligations?

We understand there will be a lot more to this conversation. We have been helping parents with these conversations for over 10 years now. Give us a call or email if you have any questions or would like to receive future education tips via email.

GradePower Learning, The Woodlands is here to help. We are The Woodlands’ leading tutoring center offering programs for children ages 3-18 years of age. For more information, go to our website at or contact Kristal Kaidasz, Center Director at or (936) 271-1700.

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