Let’s speak clearly- not every student in a classroom is academically bright. There are the “dull” ones just as there are the very brilliant ones. Mind you, by “dull” I mean students who find it difficult to learn as fast as the other students in a class. These students may find it difficult to understand basic concepts, solve mathematical problems or even write.  Their conditions could also be caused by the low self esteem levels, making them believe that they are not good enough and as such, failing to make any effort to be good academically. Several others may have other related problems which ultimately impact negatively on their performance levels in class. How can teachers help such students to cope academically in spite of their challenges? Let us consider the following tips.

 Be flexible and consider the use of other learning styles that might be helpful to teens with such peculiar problems. In 2017, there are different methods adopted in teaching students other than oral instruction and notes dictation. You may consider the use of audio files, pre-recorded and given to the student

for listening. The use of fully illustrated texts may also help. In all, ensure to be creative in whichever means you adapt. There are several other resources to help teachers help such students.

Let your teaching method focus on emphasizing the key points in every topic/lessons. Focusing on the key points will make it easier to go straight to the points, helping students to grasp the important ideas without getting confused. This may not seem like teaching enough, but it is better to understand very little instead of not understanding at all.

Encourage students with commendations and instant feedback. This will help motivate the students to do more, especially when their little efforts are constantly encouraged. What this means therefore, is the assessments results should be instant, preferably after every class. And students should be told their performance whether it is good or bad.

 Homework should be creative, simplified but not too simple. Even regular [average] students find homework difficult. So how much more students with learning difficulties! You cannot afford to compound their difficulties, which is why homework should be such that they students can easily do on their own.

 Help them set realistic academic goals and study plans

Schools must provide the most conducive environments for study.

Psychological therapy may also be helpful.

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