Help your child bounce back from poor grades

Parents' encouragement and understanding can help children cope with less-than-stellar results in a year made even more challenging by the pandemic

Experts say drilling through assessment papers may be counterproductive as it is more important to examine the mistakes made and get concepts right. Investment company founder Eric Neo takes his children - Sean (above) and Chloe (right) - out individ
Experts say drilling through assessment papers may be counterproductive as it is more important to examine the mistakes made and get concepts right.PHOTO: ST FILE
Investment company founder Eric Neo takes his children - Sean (left) and Chloe (right) - out individually to bond over meals that the kids get to choose.
Investment company founder Eric Neo takes his children - Sean (left) and Chloe (right) - out individually to bond over meals that the kids get to choose.PHOTOS: ERIC NEO

As schoolchildren bid farewell this week to an academic year like no other, relief will be tinged with disappointment for some, who may not have scored as well as they had hoped to.

Experts remind parents that a knee-jerk reaction to poorer than expected grades does more harm than good, especially given the academic disruptions during the pandemic.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 16, 2020, with the headline 'Help your child bounce back from poor grades'. Print Edition | Subscribe