“He can’t help it; math has just never been his strong suit. It’s okay though, he still manages to pass, and gets good grades in all the other subjects.”
Have you ever said or thought something similar to the above? It’s fairly common for children to have some subjects they excel in, and others where they perform relatively poorly. Many parents just choose to take this for granted, and accept it as something natural.
Deciding that there is nothing you or your child can do about it, however, could be premature. While everyone has something that they are just not that good at, that doesn’t mean you should feel resigned; there might still be plenty of room to improve. Have you really tried everything?
How to properly tackle weak subjects
Plenty of students become quite proficient at subjects they were formerly weak at, with enough hard work and creativity. You should give your child a fair chance at it as well.
1. Talk to them about it – Rather than simply being unable, there might be a specific reason behind their poor performance. They might be completely disinterested in the subject, thinking that it has no value. Perhaps the teaching style doesn’t fit them well, and they have trouble paying attention or keeping up. Try to dig around, and see if it’s an issue that you can solve.
2. Schedule extra lessons – Teaching them outside of regular school hours can help children catch up, and it is especially effective if they are genuinely eager to improve. If you do not have the time to teach them yourself, consider getting a tutoring service. Many qualified tutors adjust their lessons to fit the child’s needs.
3. Set goals and rewards – Motivation is highly valuable, so think of ways to celebrate significant milestones. Getting a certain grade, passing a difficult test, and other similar achievements should always be acknowledged and rewarded. Even something as simple as praising them for their effort will go a long way.
Helping your child through subjects they struggle with is a challenge, but it is definitely rewarding. Even if they do not have a natural aptitude for it, their hard work will pay off.