A recent survey conducted by Tutor Doctor showed that underachieving students did not achieve their academic goals because of a lack of motivation and not getting enough help at home. With bigger classes and working parents, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for struggling students to find the time and assistance they need to succeed.
Tutor Doctor’s ‘Why Students Fail” Survey Results
Respondents of the “Why Students Fail” survey, estimated that only a shockingly low 2.6% of students reach their full academic potential. There are a number of reasons for this poor academic performance; nearly all of the respondents agreed that students freeze during test taking (96.8%) and cited an ability to handle pressure/stress (56.8%), being unprepared (54.1%) and lack of confidence (45.9%) as the most common stumbling blocks to academic success.
Deep financial cuts to education budgets have meant that many schools have had to cut tutoring or after-school support programs. Working parents have no alternative but to seek help for their students elsewhere. Tutoring programs like those offered by companies like Tutor Doctor not only help build basic educational foundations, but also help to improve test taking skills, build confidence and self-esteem. In-home programs that offer one-on-one tutoring get the best results and produce marked improvements in very little time.
Peer Pressure and Academic Anxiety
61.5% of the educators surveyed cite peer pressure as causing anxiety and stress that stirs up an unhealthy competition and ultimately causes poor academic performance. In high school pressure to get into a good college begins to impact students in their sophomore year, according to 37.1% of respondents, followed closely by freshman (34.3%). Educators were divided on whether this pressure helps or hinders students’ performance, with 51.7% saying it helps and 48.3% believing it hinders.
As competition for the higher ranked college openings increase, the pressure to excel academically in high school also exponentially increases. Boosting a student’s test taking ability, building confidence and self esteem can help to reduce stress, combat peer pressure and provide an environment where academic excellence is possible.
Another hurdle to academic performance is often the fact that students don’t ask for help. Catching issues before they get too far behind or before bad grades ruin their college dreams is the best route for a student to take but they often lack the skills needed to identify the issue and/or to ask for help. Parenting is especially important at in these mid to late teen years. One of the most important actions you can take is to regularly meet or communicate with your student’s teachers to get a sense of where they are academically, if they are seeing any social issues and how they are performing.
Additional support for students and parents can come from a skilled tutor. Tutors are able to teach valuable organizational and learning skills that help a student to plan their daily activity and future academic years. If your student is active socially and plays a high school sport, they need to have great organizational skills to get everything done.