Why Multiple Factors Affect the Grades Children Earn in School

Teachers and parents affect academic performance

It's no secret that the marks children earn on classwork, tests and homework affect the grades children earn, but a number of other factors influence how youth perform in the classroom as well. These factors include the educational background of the child's parents and the child's relationship with teachers. Researchers have identified several variables that interact with GPA to some degree. Identify these factors to pinpoint how to raise your child's GPA over time.

How a Parent's Education Affects a Child's GPA

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Research suggests that the higher a parent's level of education, the higher the child's GPA is likely to be. But if you did not go to college, don't fret. There are still many ways you can have a positive influence on your child's learning.  Send your child a clear message that you believe his education is important by being involved and supportive.  Also, try strategies to develop a positive relationship with your child's school.

Why Attendance Influences Children's Grades

Children sometimes have days when they don't want to go to school.  We all have days when we really don't feel motivated to do what we're supposed to do. This is especially true for a child who struggles with learning. But attendance is a critical factor in your child's school performance and ultimately her grade point average. Children should only miss school when medically necessary (if at all possible) to avoid missing important instruction that can impact grades, especially performance on tests.

How Children's Self-Confidence Influences Their Grades

Does a child's self-confidence result in good grades, or do good grades result in self-confidence? Either way, every child needs to have some positive learning experiences in school to stay motivated and to develop self-esteem about their academic abilities. If your child isn't having positive learning experiences, schedule a conference with his teacher, the school counselor or the principal to discuss ways to build success into his day. The payoff can be a boost to his self-confidence, which can increase his motivation and improve the old GPA.

Children Learn Better When Their Interests Apply to Schoolwork

Naturally, children put forth more effort in school and are more motivated when they actually enjoy what they're working on. If your child's GPA is sliding, his teachers may be able to motivate him with activities that incorporate his interests. Varying the types of activities can help too. Hands-on projects and alternative assessments can help.

A Child's Relationships With Teachers Affect Their Academic Performance

Your child's relationship with his teacher matters. If your child's grades are sliding, and she has a poor relationship with her teacher, consider talking with the teacher about ways to improve their interactions. If you're not comfortable having the conversation, consider meeting with the school counselor for assistance.

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