Middle school can be tough for students because it is the transition period between elementary and high school. They remain the most active and have the best of both worlds. Ranging from academic activities to extracurricular ones, being interested in school is easy, but what about scoring good marks?
However, it is the contribution of a school ERP that matters the most. They say the learning grounds for a child and can administer learning to allow students to have a better chance at scoring well. Sometimes they can do this by focusing on specific test-taking methods. Mostly, it is an overall process and involves a combination of unique teaching methodologies, social values, school community culture, and then effective test-taking procedures.
Here are some ways that can help middle school students score better;
Training the teachers
Professor Michael Miller, who is also a successful principal in Florida institutions identifies training teachers as an important scope to allow students to score better. A teacher must have an eye for interpreting how a child can score, and change their studying patterns to influence their ultimate grades.
Teachers can focus more on analyzing the classroom environment and bringing changes according to student requirements. If they observe poor class performance, instead of waiting for them to pick up the pace, they can immediately set ground rules that will motivate them to study or arrange productive activities.
However, to organize these activities and understand how a student can score better they need specialized training before joining the institution.
Teaching the process
A popular educator, Alan Haskvitz, was successful in helping students score 94th percentile from an initial 24th by teaching them the entire process of taking tests. Teachers should pay attention to how students learn by writing their answers, and answering questionnaires. Not every place is the right place to begin. Maintaining a chronological order of either solving objective-type questions first or later moving to long answers could be a strategy. Every test pattern has a unique strategy; when followed, it results in guaranteed good marks. They learn this not right before the exams but through the academic year as they learn about the various test patterns from their teachers.
Teachers need something more than an attendance management system to track the presence of a child in the classroom. It is to identify which child might need some personal attention. An educator can try organizing end-of-class quizzes to test how well students can comprehend information and how much attention they pay during classroom hours.
Professor Michael Miller has also identified poor performance among students who lacks support at home and in the institution. Personal attention, especially from parents or guardians back at home, matters a lot. The habits of a parent influence them, and they first learn to communicate and understand concepts from them.
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Teachers can take up the role given the opportunity. Every educator can try to focus on building literacy levels among students by focusing on every child and encouraging mostly weak students rather than praising the good ones. Rewarding and praising are equally important as is supporting poorly performing students.
After-school tutoring is also effective, given the child does not get mentally exhausted from so many hours of studying. In time, if this gets out of control, they might also seek personal help or professional care in the form of personal attention.
Apart from the institution, the student also plays a role in scoring better because ultimately they are the ones who would be writing the paper and applying all the methods recommended by the teachers and parents. Here are a few tips for them;
- Practice everything regularly and constantly, even though it feels like they might remember it in the exam hall. Revision is important in validating the information students have studied.
- Never be afraid of seeking help. Ask a teacher, connect with a friend, or opt for personal tutoring and coaching classes, anything that might help them to score better is a good option.
- Maintain a balanced life rather than exhausting oneself with an extreme amount of productive activities. Constantly doing something is also not helpful, students need to have personal interests and hobbies for relaxation and refreshment. Being burnt out through constant everyday academic life stress is a more distressing situation than scoring poorly.
As mentioned earlier, middle school students are still in their transition period and should allow themselves to get used to a hectic classroom environment involving both academic and co-curricular activities.