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Regardless of where or what you’re teaching, you’re going to encounter students who struggle in school or with particular subjects. It’s important to be able to identify these students and provide them with the assistance they need. Many students who struggle in school would perform a lot better with guidance from educators. If a teacher notices that a student is struggling and takes the time to help that student understand the subject more clearly, the student’s performance in school can drastically improve.

Learn what to look out for

The first step you must take in order to help your struggling students is knowing what signs to look out for. Not all struggling students are easy to identify; sometimes, they may perform well in your class, but not as well in others or have to work incredibly hard to achieve average performance in the class. Watch for the students who do not do as well on assignments, who take long when it comes to taking tests or completing projects, or who aren’t getting good grades. Determine which students could use extra help and then start helping them.

Break up lessons

You may be used to teaching in a certain way and running through your lessons fairly quickly. However, it’s important to regularly evaluate the way you teach and consider adapting it to your particular class. If there are several students struggling with the class material, consider breaking it up into more manageable lessons. Take longer to cover a particular topic and give students short amounts of time in between each section to ask questions and establish the basics before moving on to something else.

Make yourself approachable

If you have struggling students who are too shy to ask for help, it’s important to make yourself approachable. Make sure your students know there’s no reason to feel ashamed of needing to ask for further help in class and provide times they can come ask you questions. Present yourself as open and someone they can talk to; you might not realize it, but you could be carrying yourself in a way that intimidates students and makes them feel as though they can’t talk to you about how they’re struggling in class.

Try various methods

For some students, different teaching methods simply work better than others. If you’re teaching in a lecture style, try mixing it up. Have students work on creative projects or watch informative videos. Utilizing various teaching styles often benefits students who learn in different ways. It could also be helpful to ask students what types of assignments or projects they enjoy the most and incorporate these suggestions into your class.