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A+ Parenting: 9 Tips to Boost Bad Grades

by Erin Dower

Improving test scores and grades can be a tough task for a child of any age. Use the following tips to find constructive ways to discuss grades and make a plan for boosting your child's performance in school.

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Remove the Fear Factor


Most children are already plenty scared or worried when they see a low mark circled in red at the top of their test. Grades are important, but they're not about instilling fear. Instead of focusing on the grade itself — "How could you get a C?!" — talk openly and constructively with your child: "Let's take a look and see what we can learn here." Don't use grades as grounds for punishment, which can damage a child's self-esteem and motivation level. Instead, stay positive about her ability to improve and plan a schedule that includes study time and free time or play time. Removing the "fear factor" from grades will help your child focus on absorbing the material and performing well on future test days — rather than pleasing Mom and Dad.

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