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Sylvan Learning Center Offers Advice to Parents for Avoiding Report Card Surprise

 “  Maintaining open and continuous lines of communication with children and 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  
How to prevent the report card surprise.

Eau Claire, WI (PRWEB) February 24, 2007 -- 66 percent of North American teachers say they have been contacted by parents who were "unpleasantly surprised" by their child's report card, according to a recent survey by Sylvan Learning Center. Interestingly, 41 percent of teachers also report that their students have sometimes been surprised by their own report cards.

Report cards 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."

Rebecca Rahn, Center Director of Sylvan Learning Center in Eau Claire explains; "Maintaining open and continuous lines of communication with children and teachers throughout the school
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 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."

Sylvan Learning Center offers the following advice to help parents maintain clear communications with their children and teachers:

Tips for Talking To Children
•   Talk about school every day. Make it a regular part of the family's routine.
•   Don't wait until report cards are issued to talk about school and grades. Frequently discuss with her how she is doing in each subject and what grade she anticipates receiving.
•   Encourage your child to tell you about his day. Find out what he learned and what are his favorite activities.
•   Teach your child that education
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 is important to your family.
•   Discuss goals and objectives for the school year. This may be a great way to learn
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 about difficulties your child is having in specific subject areas.
•   If your child is having trouble in school, talk about a method to help organize her schedule, subjects and activities. A calendar can be a great way to track tests, homework, activities and study plans.
•   Talk with your child about his extracurricular activities, such as team sports or after-school jobs. Being overscheduled may affect his grades.
•   Set improvement goals for your child. This will help her work towards an attainable grade for each class.
•   Talk with your child about his study habits and develop a study plan. Set aside specific time for studying, projects and activities each evening and make sure that he has a properly equipped and well-lit area to work.
•   Communicate with your child about her school experiences. Know what she is thinking and feeling. Also, openly talk with her about her worries and concerns as well as her joys and achievements.

Tips for Talking to Teachers
•   Develop a parent/teacher relationship with your child's teacher and talk with this teacher at least once a month throughout the year.
•   Your child's teacher can benefit from background information about him - talk about activities he likes, special needs, close friends, motivation and things going on at home.
•   Find out what the teacher's expectations are for the year and what type of curriculum she has set for the students. Have this insight at the start of school and keep track of it throughout the year.
•   Talk to the teacher about any major programs or activities that are set for the year. Is there an annual science fair? A field trip schedule? Major papers? Tests?
•   Remember - teachers are busy people, too. Find out the easiest way to communicate - by email, phone or in person. Finding the right communication method will make it easier to speak on a regular basis.
For additional information, Sylvan Learning Center offer tips on writing, reading, making math fun and much more, online at

About the survey:
To understand teachers' experiences with the report card surprise, Sylvan conducted an online survey with teachers who use Book Adventure, a free, reading motivation program created by Sylvan Learning Center. More than 1,800 public and private school teachers throughout North American took part in this survey.

Learning feels goodTM at Sylvan Learning Center, the leading provider of in-center and live, online tutoring at home to students of all ages and skill levels. With 25 years of experience and nearly 1,200 centers located throughout North America, Sylvan Learning Center has positively changed the lives of over two million students and families. Sylvan's trained and certified teachers provide personalized instruction in reading, writing, mathematics, study skills and test-prep for college entrance and state exams. At Sylvan, students develop the skills to do better in school and the confidence to do better in everything else. For more information regarding the Sylvan AdvantageTM, call 715-858-1234 or visit

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