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posted Mar 5, 2012, 7:59 AM by Almohajer Aljadeed   [ updated Mar 5, 2012, 8:07 AM ]
By: Dennis Gerrard, Executive Director - Sylvan Learning

Windsor & Essex County

The first report card of the year can create feelings of pride, happiness and excitement for many parents. It can also produce feelings of anxiety and frustration for those who are surprised by their child’s grades. However, effective and continuous communication among teachers, parents and students can help minimize the “report card surprise.”

Report cards don’t need to be a surprise to parents.  If a parent is surprised by a “poor” report card, it often means that they haven’t been effectively communicating with their child’s teacher throughout the school year. Maintaining open and continuous lines of communication with teachers throughout the school year, and not just when report cards are issued, will help parents stay informed about their child’s progress and help them avoid the report card surprise.

Students who are surprised by their report cards also need to improve their communication and organization patterns. A student who surprisingly receives a “D” or a failing grade on his report card learns the hard way that he needs to regularly talk with his teachers and stay on top of school work, homework and test results. Students should never be surprised by their report card grades.

Organization is an essential part of a student’s education. By tracking test scores and assignments throughout the year and speaking regularly with teachers and parents, students are prepared for their grades come report card time, and can work to improve their performance prior to report cards.

Visit the “Parent Resources” area of to download a free parents guide from Sylvan Learning– You and Your Child’s Report Card  or call 519-944-8018.