Strug­gling aca­dem­i­cally


“In­creased stress lev­els in­ter­fere with a child’s per­for­mance in both aca­demic and so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties,” ex­plains Beat Sommer, head­teacher at dubai’s Swiss In­ter­na­tional Sci­en­tific School, so en­sur­ing things don’t get on top of your child is key. “Teach­ers break down tasks to min­imise cu­mu­la­tive stress and en­able chil­dren to have enough plan­ning time in class.”

It’s also im­por­tant to en­sure your child knows that ef­fort is the most im­por­tant thing, says dr Sal­iha. “When they come home with a grade they are dis­ap­pointed in, ask them ‘did you do your best?’ Kids gen­er­ally know if they did, and if they say ‘yes’ then they should be proud of their re­sult. If they say ‘no’ then you can work through strate­gies on what they could do dif­fer­ently next time.”

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