Are you looking for ways to help students realize their academic potential? If so, keep reading.
1. Urge the student to avoid ingesting any substance (e.g., drugs, alcohol, cold remedies, etc.) that might further alter their capacity and ability to perform up to their capacity and ability level.
2. Assess the clarity and quality of directions, explanations, and instructions given to the student.
3. Give the student clearly stated step-by-step instructions for homework so that someone at home may be able to assist.
4. Make sure that your remarks are in the form of constructive criticism rather than criticism that could be perceived as personal, menacing, etc., (e.g., instead of saying, “You always make the same mistake,” say, “A better way to do that might be … “).
5. Minimize the emphasis on competition. Learners who compete academically and fail to succeed may cease to try to do well and do far less than they are able.
6. Observe student performance to detect errors and determine where learning problems exist.
7. Get the student to perform complicated tasks in the resource room where the resource teacher can answer questions.
8. Build varying degrees of difficulty into tasks to build the student’s self-confidence and give a challenge (e.g., easier problems are intermingled with problems designed to measure knowledge gained).
9. Give the student evaluative feedback for tasks finished (i.e., find what the student did successfully, what errors were made, and what should be done to correct the errors).
10. Get the student to prepare for tests using the “Who, What, Where, On occasions where, How, and Why” format.
11. Create tests and exams for the student using the “Who, What, Where, On occasions where, How, and Why” format.
13. Give time at school for homework to be finished or redone if designated homework has not been finished or has resulted in failure. (The student’s failure to finish homework tasks may be the result of variables in the home over that they have no control.)
14. Alter academic tasks (e.g., format, requirements, length, etc.).
16. Give an assortment of formats for the student to learn information (e.g., videotapes, visitors, community resources, etc.).
17. Provide shorter tasks more regularly. As the student shows success, increase the length of the tasks, and decrease the frequency.
18. Make sure the student has mastery of the ideas at each level before introducing a new skill level.
19. Let the student highlight essential information in written learning materials.
20. Get the student to read their written work out loud when proofing.
21. Consider using one of the apps and tools from our many app lists. These apps are designed to help students who are experiencing academic difficulties.