Making Student Progress Reports Work For You

So you’ve just made it through the nerve-wracking report card period and you’re starting to think about what’s next. The last thing you want to do is to repeat any of the nail-biting moments that popped up this past semester. One way around the end-of-term anxiety: student progress reports.

Progress reports do exactly as their name suggests—they inform parents of their child’s progress throughout the school year. While this is great news for parents and teachers, it still strikes fear in the hearts of some students. Read on to find out how you can make progress reports work for you. Read our tips for parents and students on making the most of student progress reports.

3 Ways Students Can Prepare for Progress Reports:
  • Be proactive: Progress reports go out between weeks 4 and 5 of the semester, so take a few minutes to talk to each of your teachers before then to get prepared. Ask them how you’re doing, check to see if you’re missing any assignments and ask about areas where you can improve.
  • Create a plan for yourself. When you’ve got a plan, you’ve got a better chance for success. Set aside time to do homework and studying to stay on top of things and make sure you stick to it!
  • Don’t suffer through frustration alone. Ask for help when you’re struggling. Use your parents, friends and Tutor.com as resources for help with school work.
5 Things Parents Should Look For in a Student Progress Report:
  • Look at your child’s grades on assignments and exams. This will help you to identify subject areas where they need a boost.
  • Read teachers’ comments on your child’s conduct in the classroom. If there are signs of trouble, your child may be trying to get your attention or may need some positive reinforcement from you.
  • Find out what your child’s work habits are. Read teachers’ comments to find out if your student “Completes assignments on time”, “Follows directions” or “Contributes to group discussions.”
  • Make sure that your child has completed all of their assignments. If the report shows missing assignments, talk to your child about them and find out from the teacher if the assignments can be made up.
  • Keep in touch with your child’s teachers. Progress reports help you play a more active role in your child’s education. Take it one step further and call, email or set up a conference with your child’s teachers if you have questions about the report.

Student progress reports, like Tutor.com’s session transcripts, keep parents in the loop about their child’s education. Our session transcripts keep an accurate record of each student’s work with tutors in the online classroom. Parents can always access the transcripts to stay informed about what their child is working on and areas where they need help. And, just like Tutor.com, progress reports give students a chance to correct any mistakes that threaten to ruin an entire semester. Learning is cumulative, so staying on top of schoolwork and in touch with the key players is critical.

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