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Why children do not perform well?

When children do not get good grades in any subject or are not able to perform up to our expectation, we often chide and goad them to work harder in the subject. Is it the right way to assess and motivate the child?

Experiences at School of Creative Learning have shown that the issue of failure in the examination may be a product of various factors like physical ailment, emotional distraction or disturbance, lack of proper motivation, etc. However, even if there is no such problem a child may not do well in the examination due to different learning style or lack of proper mental competencies. For example, if the child is not doing well in mathematical competencies, one must also look whether the child is of different learning style than logical and/or is deficient in

  • Concentration
  • Memory(logical)
  • Rational thinking

If the child is really deficient in these competencies, the child should be asked to perform exercises to develop those competencies. For example, if the learner’s learning style is different, the teaching learning strategy has to be different. See A short note on Multiple intelligence and How to identify the Learning Style of Your Child for details. Further, if the child does not have good concentration, he should do exercises to develop it. Once concentration is developed, a bit of hard work may do wonders. Following chart may help in diagnosing the basic problems in a child. For appropriate solution consult Creative Learning Volunteers or write to us. The table here shows the reasons for poor performance in the following categories (You can click on them to take you to related matter directly):

Diagnosing why a child does not perform well at examination

Performance

Deficiency

What to Do?

General performance poor    

 

 

Physical handicaps/ailments
Emotional disturbance
Learning Style other verbal/logical
Poor Concentration
Poor Memory
Poor Thinking
Poor Power of observation
Poor in Languages    

 

 

 

 

 

Learning Style other than verbal
Poor Concentration
Poor Memory(Verbal)
Poor Thinking
Poor Imagination
Poor Listening
Poor Reading
Poor Vocabulary Control
Poor Writing ability
Poor Functional Grammar
Poor in Mathematics    

 

Learning Style other than logical.
  • Consult Creative Learning Volunteers and Change Teaching/Learning technique
Poor Concentration
Poor Memory(Logical)
Poor Thinking
Poor Vocabulary Control
Poor Writing ability
Poor in Science    

 

 

Learning Style other than logical
  • Consult Creative Learning Volunteers and Change Teaching/Learning technique
Poor Concentration
Poor Memory
Poor Thinking
Poor Vocabulary
Poor Writing ability
Poor Technological skills
Poor in Social Studies    

 

 

 

Learning Style other than verbal & interpersonal
Poor Concentration
Poor Memory
Poor Thinking
Poor Vocabulary Control
Poor Writing ability
Poor Listening
Poor Reading

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