Can a Struggling Student Ever Find Interest in Learning?
As parents, we want the best for our children, so it’s no wonder that we often push them to do their best and be their best in school. After all, we know that their educational success is a major contributor to a future full of opportunity.
However, it can happen that a student, even when they try their best in school, can sometimes fall behind and struggle in class. This is especially true if they struggle with reading and comprehension, as reading is a vital skill for all students to acquire and is the foundation for all future learning success. You will often find that a student who struggles with reading will show a general lack of interest in learning.
The good news is that if the problem is identified and addressed quickly and the student gets the exact reading remediation they need, it can generate not only a major boost to their academic achievement but to their self-confidence and overall enthusiasm for learning as well.
Here’s an example with a recent student:
Austin was a nine-year-old boy in the 4th grade. Described by his mother as a good kid, she was concerned about his lack of reading ability and said Austin had consistently been behind a grade or more in reading. Austin didn’t like to read, was disinterested in learning and as a result he was falling behind in school. His school had even suggested that Austin be put on an IEP (Individual Education Plan).
Desperate for help, Austin’s mother found the Applied Scholastics Learning Center.
When Austin began his tutoring program at Applied Scholastics, he was assessed at a third-grade reading level. As Austin was a sight-reader, he didn’t have the phonics skills to be able to sound out new and unfamiliar words, so he often guessed (wrongly) at words when reading, and his comprehension and spelling skills were poor.
By attending tutoring twice a week, Austin completed his phonics tutoring program in 35 hours and his post-assessment showed him reading at a sixth-grade level. For the first time ever, Austin enjoyed reading and had even begun to bring books home from school and was reading them on his own. His mother was thrilled!
At the end of his Applied Scholastics tutoring program Austin was a more confident reader. He is now in the 6th grade and he, along with his 6th grade class, were recently given standardized testing. I was ecstatic to learn that my son received the highest scores in his class and is now reading at a 9th grade level. Thank you!
With his increased ability and confidence in reading, Austin was finally interested in learning, was no longer struggling in class and was winning in school. Two years later, Austin is excelling in reading and scoring high marks on state exams.
Thanks to the tutoring he received, this good kid is now also a good student.
Are you like Austin’s mom? Are you concerned that your child is struggling with reading and comprehension?
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