The way your child feels about their subjects often dictates how successful they are in getting good grades.
We’re not talking about self-esteem here, but self confidence – the perception a student has in their capacity to complete a difficult task in a subject, to pass their exams and to understand and analyse complex information.
One of our key tasks at GT Scholars is to work on steadily increasing your child’s confidence levels. We’ve worked with students who have started our program with next to no confidence and have seen them grow and flourish both academically and personally. Here’s some of the many strategies we use to build confidence in our students.
Provide creative solutions to difficult problems
One of main reasons why students struggle with a subject is that they haven’t been given effective strategies for understanding and applying the information they are presented with.
In a large classroom a teacher often presents a problem and then explains how to get to the solution. If a particular student doesn’t relate to the explanation or if the teacher moves on too quickly then the learning is lost and the student loses confidence.
If this pattern is repeated, the child’s confidence reduces to a point that the student has no energy for tackling almost any task related to the subject.
At GT Scholars we work with students to find very practical strategies that work for them and take the time to ensure these strategies work. This often involves lateral thinking, understanding how the student learns and brainstorming solutions.
Search for and celebrate the small victories
When a student’s confidence is deflated they have very little faith that they can conquer even the smallest of tasks. We see every small success as a sign that the student is beginning to understand that they can achieve more than they thought they could.
When we tutor and mentor our scholars we look for the glimmers of understanding and foster them. We celebrate small victories. The big victories definitely come later as the small victories pile up.
Foster a love for the subject
Some people might consider that a student who hates maths will always hate maths but we’ve found that’s definitely not the case. A dislike of a subject is often linked to a lack of confidence around it. When the confidence builds, so too does the value attributed to the subject.
Our tutors are passionate about the subjects they teach and their passion often flows through to the students who come to our sessions.
We show them just how much they can do with Maths, English and Science as mastering these subjects opens up whole new worlds and future opportunities that could have been completely missed if not for the GT Scholars Programme.
The GT Scholars Programme is an after-school programme for young people aged 11-16.
Scholars receive support through tutoring, mentoring, enrichment and skill-building activities that are specifically designed to improve their grades at school, help them get them into top universities and help them enter competitive careers.
To find out more about the GT Scholars Programme and arrange a free telephone consultation with a member of our team visit www.gtscholars.org/register-your-interest