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Improving Students' Performance

Test scores are key indicators in the evaluation of students’ intellectual abilities. Apart from highlighting a student’s ability to comprehend and apply knowledge gained in the classroom, test score highlight influences of external factor on students’ performance. Test scores provide teachers with insights on the ability of a student to perform in various subjects, and facilitates formulation of appropriate plans and strategies to address poor performance Teachers should give extra attention to students with poor test scores in order to identify whether the cause relates to intellectual abilities, poor teaching skills or external factors. In the case whereby intellectual abilities are the cause of poor test score, the teacher can adopt strategies that mitigate effects of slow learning and poor memory. During classroom sessions, the teacher should actively engage students with poor test scores to ensure that they have understood the topic of learning (Gronlund, 1998). Active engagement includes direct questions during classroom sessions. Follow-ups on homework will ensure that students retain and can apply concepts learnt in the classroom. The teacher can engage top scorers in assisting poor performers in various classroom tasks. Recognizing students with exemplary performance encourages competition and goal orientation.

Students who score poorly face numerous external challenges. These may include family issues, cultural background and other social problems, which interfere with a student’s ability to concentrate on schoolwork. Sessions in which teachers and students interact at a personal level may help to highlight external factors affecting a student, and facilitate the formulation of appropriate course of action. Poor test scores may result due to inefficient teaching skills which hamper delivery of learning content. Thus, teachers should evaluate their methods of teaching and determine whether they have inhibitory effects on the leaning process. Using test scores, teachers can create a supportive environment that encourages students to continue in their quest for academic fulfillment.

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