In a typical school year, it’s smart for parents to use the midyear report card as a chance to “take a pulse” on their children’s learning progress. This year, says Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center, it’s more important than ever that parents pay close attention to their children’s grades since the start of the year.
“We’re still in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, and it remains to be seen how students will be impacted long term by the spring 2020 school shutdowns and the remote/hybrid nature of school this year,” says Huntington. “But now that we’re in a new year and new semester, parents should take the time to evaluate where their children stand in school and make adjustments if needed for the rest of the year.”
Here are a few tips for parents on how to best approach this midyear check-in:
The best thing to do right now, says Huntington, is have Huntington complete an academic evaluation of your child. “Academic evaluations are a great way to get a baseline of where students are in school as compared to where they should be,” Huntington explains. “During this school year, even good students might need help because they’ve fallen behind or aren’t accustomed to this method of learning. The evaluation pinpoints strengths and weaknesses and helps Huntington’s tutoring team develop a personalized plan to help each student achieve his or her goals.”