Repeating a grade is one of the main fears of a student. And from his parents. Not being able to pass the course and having to go back to the same studies has always been seen as something negative , even a stain on the student’s record that will haunt him throughout his life.
However, when a student’s grades are not as good as one might expect, repeating a year can have more advantages than disadvantages. Given the proximity of the end of the year and the ghost of what could happen when several subjects are suspended at PregDream, we want to analyze the reasons for and against repeating the year and see if this decision is effective.
If your child faces the situation of repeating a grade , the ideal is that the decision is made jointly by the parents and the teacher. This in the primary stage, since in secondary school the passing or not of the course is mainly determined by the grades.
ADVANTAGES OF REPEATING A YEAR
To try to remove so much negativity from the matter, we will first see the advantages that, after failing several subjects, your child will repeat a year. The marks are the way that exists to evaluate that a student has acquired the knowledge of a certain course.
By failing it is understood that it is that you have not acquired that knowledge that, in addition, will serve as a basis for learning the teachings in successive years. If there is no basis, it will be much more difficult for you to learn what you are going to be taught in the following courses. If you repeat, those contents that you have not learned well in the first moment will be reinforced .
With this in mind, it is ineffective to allow a child to pass a grade when he is not ready. If you do, you will find yourself lost and it will be more difficult for you to catch up with your peers. This can cause you not only an academic delay, but also distance you from your friends. By not being able to follow the subjects at the same pace as they could be displaced. In addition, it can lead to throwing in the towel when encountering the first obstacles.
In this way, what is practically guaranteed is that he will fail again in the subjects that are more difficult for him to assimilate and that he will then repeat a year. In this case, the only thing that has been done is to delay repeating for a year and increase the negative consequences.
Repeating the course can also be a time to analyze why the student has not acquired the expected knowledge. There could be some factor that has nothing to do with their academic performance such as problems at home, changes of address, illnesses … that affect their grades. Once the problem is known, it is possible to work to prevent this from having an impact on the student’s academic performance again and to pass the course without problems.
DISADVANTAGES OF REPEATING
Repeating a grade can also have negative social consequences. They are the main ones. By not advancing, what is done to the student is to separate him from those who had been his friends until then. They will change classes, they will go up the grade, but he will not. He will have new companions with whom he will have to create friendship.
The student will suffer this separation, something that is not easy when you are a child or a teenager. And in addition, you will have the feeling that you are worse than those who were your peers and you have become stagnant. The fact that his grades do not allow him to pass the course will be seen as an inferiority, when it may be due to another series of factors , which could even be alien to him.
Repeating a year is something that is reflected in the academic record, which will give you the feeling that you have ‘lost’ a year.
INVOLVE THE STUDENT IN THE DECISION
The grades are the ones that usually determine whether a student has to repeat a year or not, but they are not always absolutely effective in making the decision. And they are not the only aspect to take into account , the social repercussions must also be taken into account. The ideal is to analyze why you have suspended and from there make the best decision.
It will have to see involved the teachers , parents and students themselves. Each one has to comment on what has happened and what has to be done. Whatever the decision is made, talk to the student and try not to blame him for what happened or see it as a failure that has no remedy. This is especially important when it comes to an elementary school student. We must not add more pressure to what he will already have after seeing that the grades are not good.
However, when it is a question of an adolescent and it is seen that the suspensions respond to a discipline problem, it is necessary to make them see it. You have to ask him to assume his responsibilities and ask him about his future plans and the role that education plays in them. Motivation to study also plays a very important role in the performance of our sons and daughters, so surely we will also have to work on it.
BEST COURSES TO REPEAT
The effectiveness, and the consequences, of repeating a grade are not the same at all ages. When the students are older, they are the negative repercussions of not advancing at the same pace as their peers.
Repeating the grade should be the last option in the case of young children , those in Primary. They must be given the opportunity to catch up the following year and if there are significant deficiencies see what is behind it, because it may be more than an academic problem.
However, in adolescents the efficacy of repeating the course is confirmed. As they advance, the subjects they have to learn are also greater and more difficult and if they advance without being clear the following year they will have to make a much greater effort to pick up the pace and catch up with the rest of the class.
In addition, being adolescents they can have a greater awareness of the situation, they can reason with parents and teachers what has happened to have failed and decide to face their future. Doing it in this way will also make it less painful to separate from their classmates and face the new school year at the same level.