Don’t hear, listen by Salla Vijay Kumar

We accredit parenting to the core and licensed till lifetime. Still we ensure the best inputs, knowing the productivity stand of our ward. There can be reasons of hiring a tutor – not well versed with the subject, may not have the teaching studying acumen, cannot develop the classroom environment, lack self confidence, no time (major share) lack patience, lack conceptualization of theories and formulae, an easily acquired tutor, an interested facilitator, the process of parents teaching may confuse the ward as per the teacher’s teaching philosophies.

How important is your stake on the tutor. All children have their own learning abilities and disabilities. More than carrying laurels on abilities, it is time we sat back to work on the problem areas for the slow learners, weaker students and turn them into enabled lot of students unlike categorizing as disabled. Respect them as they are.

Famous parent’s dialogues -You should be first, get more marks than him/her, you didn’t know this, why can’t you do this simple one, how can you be wrong on this, you answered everything and that too right….correct, how much do you expect (children keep this answer ready immediately after the exam irrespective of their performance because of the high may be positive expectation of the parents suffices). Was the Need analysis done?

Result time. The same anticipation continues. How much did you get? How much did you get? How much did you get? How much did you get? How much did you get? And you?……

Oh again why so less. Very good keep it up. You should get more. WHAT? How can you get such low score and it is not about acceptability, if there are back papers or bad result. It is simply World War IV. What should have been done is may be a need analysis in time. Did we consider the problem/ concern/ difficulty/ understanding from the student? Did we provide necessary ways and means to overcome these difficulties though at a slower pace or with a lower result percentage? Did we give enough time and resources to grow? Did we allow adequate adjustments before the actual exam preparation stage? Did we monitor progress? Did we create a good peer learning environment? I am not digging on the negatives, what could have been done or what ought to be. I am a parent myself; I stand as a counterpart along with all of you.

We have talked about tutorials, vocational education and training and extra-curricular activities in addition to schooling that is a mainstay for the physical and mental growth of the students. Work upon. Respect each incredible student and nurture them appropriately.

  • Revise, recall, relearn – as many times with breaks and refreshments
  • Encouragement that it can be done – first look positive more than being
  • Simulation- creating the mock, learning made better
  • Personal tutoring environment – patience and time
  • Eye contact – be there giving the feeling of do as you know, I am behind
  • Consistency approach – never give up on them today, you might wait for their autograph tomorrow
  • Timetable – plan , you are the boss don’t over-plan

It is the might of anyone to look forward to score and score good. I am of the same attitude. I believe results are just milestones that come after every interval. To go towards a goal or live a dream, it requires we parents to take out time from our busy schedule, with patience and willingness work upon the weaknesses of our students and more than converting them into strengths, derive them to opportunities to excel. Never leave the low score students, they only need time, attention and effort to rise and there are no exceptions for any failure or weaker students, all are going to be responsible citizens of tomorrow. (No conditions apply)

Have faith in self and them. Don’t hear, listen

Salla Vijay Kumar
NATIONAL AWARDEE Sr.Faculty with IHM Ahmedabad

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