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The Importance knowing where your students’ academics REALLY stand now.

There is a common situation that may puzzle many parents – a student who has been seemingly “doing all right”, getting “B”s and some “A”s with his or her learning in core academic subjects over a numbers of years, then suddenly dropping to “C”s and “D”s as the student reaches certain grade level. This perhaps most apparent in Mathematics. A student has been doing “just fine” in math in elementary grades, struggled somewhat in Pre-Algebra, “all of a sudden” falling off a cliff during Algebra 1. What just happened? Parents often ask, getting tutoring help for Algebra 1 seems the most pressing need and reasonable remedy. The problem may be more than that.
The cause of such a problem may be quite logical. A student getting a grade “B”, in most grading scales means getting 80-89.9% correct answers or levels of attainment. On the flip side, this also indicates there is a 10-20% deficiencies in certain areas of the subject. Compound 10-20% deficiencies, particularly not knowing what they are, over a number of years, it should not be difficult to understand the outcome – Cumulative Deficiency. A student can start with “Good at Math” to “Hating Math”.
Not be able to master certain skills when students are learning new topics the first time is quite common; however, it is critical to know what these weaknesses are and not let them accumulate. Identify the weaknesses and provide some extra help to the students along the way. Don’t let weaknesses become deficiencies; certainly don’t let deficiencies accumulate. It’s better to start as early as possible to have a firm and clear understanding of students’ weaknesses and have a plan to address them over time. Learning is a journey, not a dashing sprint. Click here to find a qualified learning center to provide you a comprehensive evaluation.