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Parents of gifted children are surprised when their kids have homework problems. After all, gifted kids are smart. They learn quickly and things come easier to them. Unfortunately, for some parents, the visions of straight A report cards are replaced by low or poor grades.
It is not unusual for a gifted child to have homework problems. There could be several reasons.
A gifted child with dyslexia, ADHD, or some other learning disability may find it difficult to perform academically. Gifted children are not immune to these disabilities and the effect of such disabilities on their learning is then reflected in their homework, including an avoidance to do it.
Solution: If your child—regardless of whether she has been diagnosed with a learning disability or not—is having homework problems, get help. She will need some Academic Tutoring. Check out our Alpha Scholars program, which is aimed to cultivate the student's mind, regardless of any disability or learning style.
A large number of kids are disorganized. They misplace their assignments, forget to bring books or worksheets home, or forget the due date. Daily planners don’t seem to help these children because they tend to lose, misplace, or forget those as well.
Solution: Help to build their organization skills. Use technology to assist them. Most children have phones and they can track their assignments via their organizer or app on the phone. With our cloud based system, you can track your work on line, from anywhere, at any time and on any device.
Children who are perfectionists are often reluctant to complete their homework because they don’t feel it is good enough. If it doesn’t meet their standards, which tend to be quite high, they can become frustrated. Over time, they may procrastinate in order avoid that frustration.
Solution: Talk to your child that perfectionism is a hidden fear of failure or rejection. If she fails, she can always try again. You can also check out the Alpha Scholars program, which is like the ultimate personal trainer. Just like in sports or fitness training you fail many times in order to succeed, same with academics.
Lack of Challenge
School work is based on the average requirement or the minimum expectations of the grade level. A gifted child will breeze through his work and will find homework and even tests boring. Sometimes they will focus long enough to do the homework and tests, but they will rush through it to get it done and as a result make numerous careless errors.
Solution: At Hillview Prep or Alpha Scholars, your child can come in and work with more challenging problems. He can also access his material via the web or his smartphone.
Lack of Purpose
Some students do not have a clear purpose and are still trying to find one.
Solution: The Alpha Scholars program can help a student discover something she didn't consider before: her purpose and passion and how learning is the tool of fueling them.