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Five Reasons Students Struggle (That Have NOTHING to do with Intelligence)
- Apr 06, 2018
- Jared Wells
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In my years at Wells Academics, I’ve seen hundreds (thousands?) of students who believe that they are not smart enough to succeed in school. They struggle year after year, and the message they take from that is that, since smart people succeed in school, they must therefore be dumb. This is NOT true! Intelligence alone is not enough to succeed in school (or in life, for that matter). Lack of success in a class can be a result of any number of factors Here are five reasons students struggle in school that have nothing to do with intelligence. -Poor organization skills. If you can’t find your homework assignment, or you didn’t know you had a test, it’s tough to succeed no matter how easy the material might have been for you to learn -Poor planning. Getting a project done or preparing for a test requires dozens of steps that people who are good at planning take for granted. -Passivity. I know lots of students who, for a variety of reasons, won’t talk to the teacher to get help, won’t ask for extra credit opportunities, or won’t get clarifications about confusing assignments. -Poor study skills: Many students don’t know HOW to prepare for a test, other than doing assigned homework and reading. Success in a challenging class can mean doing more, but many times, students don’t know what more they should do, or how to do it. -Disinterest/lack of relevance: It’s tough to get energized to do hard work if you believe the work itself is pointless. This leads to students’ “going through the motions” rather than doing the deliberate practice needed to improve. These things are so important, but are often overlooked by students who believe that “If I’m failing math, it must be because I’m bad at math”. Want to make sure your child starts the school year off on the right foot? Give us a call to schedule an in-person or phone consultation. Let's discuss how your son or daughter can use the summer to prepare to have the kind of school year they are capable of.
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