How to support your child if they are falling behind at school

Everyone has a different level of academic ability, that’s just life. However, sometimes there are circumstances in which children’s schoolwork or behaviour might be affected. It’s easy to feel helpless or frustrated as a parent, but there are many things you can do to support your child in their academic development. 



Talk to your child’s teachers

It’s good to get a sense of perspective from the school. They’ll be able to go through any concerns they have with you in detail. In a lot of cases, they’ll be able to put your mind at rest about a lot of things. 

Find out what the cause is

There are many reasons that your child’s academic performance could be suffering. These include: 

  • Changes or issues at home
  • Lockdown
  • Bullying 
  • Puberty
  • Health issues 
  • Lack of support at school
  • Not applying themselves to their work (in older children)

It’s only when you know the reason, that you can start to do something about it. For example, if you suspect they might be being bullied, you can work with the school to help prevent this from continuing, or if they are not getting enough support in the classroom, then a tutor from the Think Smart Academy could help them catch up in certain subjects. 

Talk to your child

Have a conversation with your child to find out how they are feeling about things. They might be feeling anxious or lacking in confidence, which can make the problem worse. Let them know that you understand and support them and that you will work with them to help them do better at school. 

Become more involved 

It’s easy to take your eye off the ball when it comes to your child’s schoolwork. After all, there are so many things that compete for attention. It’s easy to assume that school are handling everything. 

Take the time to get to know your child’s curriculum and schedule so that you can help them keep on top of things. Practice and revise with them if they have a test coming up. It’s a great way to spend time together too.

Build their confidence

Kids thrive on love and support. So praise their efforts and achievements whenever you can. Even if they fail at something, you can find positives to take from it and use them to motivate them going forward. 

Get help if you need it

Sometimes you have to acknowledge that a problem is beyond your ability to solve by yourself. Depending on the causes, you may need to work as a team with other family members, teachers, or medical professionals. Progress won’t happen overnight but by having a plan and following it, you are giving your child the support they need to be able to develop the skills they need for learning and retaining knowledge. 


It’s common for children to have a ‘blip’ at some point in their academic studies. Often, they resolve themselves relatively quickly. Being supportive and working in conjunction with your child and other relevant people should be able to help your child get back on track. 


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