Twenty One Tips and Techniques for Teaching Weak Students

How to teach weak student

God creates unique individual. Each individual has inbuilt unique and distinctive features. Education nurtures to become an integrated human being. When a child could not perform well in academic, we count him/her as a weak student. An academically weak student is not product of one day and one circumstance. Academically weak student is product of inadequate and inappropriate care at home by the parent and at school by the educator. A child starts learning good or bad behavior right from the day first at school. Weak student is product of system.

Rajeev Ranjan

Academically weak students show natural physical growth; however they could not perform well in reading and writing. Weak students could not develop understanding of different topics, key concepts and other knowledgeable things. Gradually, they lose self interest in study and develop a sense of delaying, excusing and blaming. They become tasteless to taste the essence of success in a day to day life. Weak students become a product of poor self confidence and poor self image.

A large number of factors work throughout a child life circle that determines academic performance. A child may be good learner in the beginning of his/her academic life but may be cultivated disinterestedness towards study at later part of life. It can happen at any point of academic life right from nursery to university level. S/he may start not taking proper care of one subject, more than one subject or in all subjective learning activity.

Educator counts student’s reluctant and aggressive nature as against norms of discipline. Educator thinks that weak students do not want to study. On the other side, since, weak students do not create self interest in study; they do not want to perform academic activities. It creates a big void between educators’ and students’ perception. Both stakeholders perceive this phenomenon on two different layers. Student weak academic performance is not result of a day, a month and so one. Somewhere, we could not identify the real difficulties. It becomes nature of student to show reluctant nature to read, write and learn something.

Generally, an educator possesses quality of a keen observer. Educator observes, analyzes and interprets individual’s learning habits and attitudes in the classroom. The moment, we realize that individual academic interest, performance and growth are not as per as expectation, we should increase our interest and observation for weak students.

We should “find out” the real cause of poor academic performance. We can take help from colleagues, other students of class, and parent/care taker of student. Sometimes, school driver also gives insightful feedback especially student’s behaviour during travel. These insightful feedbacks help educator to make specific plan and execute that plan to bring weak student into mainstream. 

Notebook Sample of Academically Weak Student 
Notebook Sample of Academically Weak Student 

Nobody is superior , nobody is inferior, but nobody is equal either. People are simply unique, incomparable. You are You, I am I.


Story of Academically Weak Performer

Observation of Academically Weak Performer

Observation:-Habit of laziness/dullness/incomplete notebooks/torn books

Interesting fact:- We came to know that he only loves to play (chhupa-chhupi) hide and seek so that he can hide himself somewhere and stay there for long times

Class teacher started monitoring him continuously i.e. his etiquettes at school & at home/learning interest & habit etc through collegues/peer students/parent. Proper guidance and continuous assistance started reflecting in Bhaskar performance after 60 school working days. Three concerned subject teachers only complained about his non-performance in almost all areas; the one teacher (class teacher) discussed the case with principal, planned properly, and executed those plans. Bhaskar turned into a new Bhaskar and coming up with positive learning traits, i.e. resulted in a nice poem recitation in morning assembly with full of confidence. The teacher made this difference. ( Task =Output)

Twenty one tips  & techniques to teach weak students

To help a weak student to perform better in all academic activities is a time taking process, requires patience, persistence and consistent  desires to work for longer and for long time.

Help weak students to realize that you love them and care them irrespective of their all weaknesses

Help weak students to communicate with you without fear of punishment/scolding/threatening 

Help weak students to speak in the classroom i.e. initially one word to one sentence in different situations

Help weak students to learn most common and easiest things i.e. spelling of a simple word, meaning of most commonly used words in a day to day life, most easily and basic points and facts of topic/lesson (name of character or things, number of character or things etc, basic mathematical formulas, scientific or social facts)

•Help weak students to learn and write correct spelling related to all subjects i.e. most commonly used words which they encounter during regular reading and writing activity

Help weak students to frame correct sentence/write correctly i.e. starting from one word answer, one sentence answer to 2-3 sentences answer

Help weak students to improve writing style i.e. correct formation of letter/word/sentence (sensitize them regarding “gap between two letters, gap between two words, and number of words in a line)

Help weak students to develop interest of attentive listening in the classroom i.e. call him by his name during lesson, ask most basic and known facts related to the text so that s/he can reply you with confidence

Help weak students by asking answer supported question in simple words/questions based on illustrations

Help weak students to develop interest of writing from blackboard/green board to their notebooks 

Help weak students to read the text easily  and pronounce written text properly

Help weak students to complete the subject related assignments on time (initially focus should be to develop habit of work completion on time, later on focus should be on correct writing and learning as soon as weak students gain confidence). Pending work on daily basis creates extra pressure, havoc and a sense of disinterestedness to complete tasks on time.

Help weak students to develop an interest to write  “homework” in Student’s Alamance instructed by all subject teachers

Help weak students in developing a positive self image and positive attitude for him. Help them in realizing their own worth and potential that yes “he can”

Help weak students in developing a sense of achievement/taste of being successful in regular teaching learning activities by giving them “initially easiest and achievable task”

Appreciate weak students on their small non-academic or academic efforts and achievement (showing improvement/helping others /supporting others/ shown wisdom in an activity)

Point out weak students’ weak areas initially in a mild note i.e. writing simple word’s spelling incorrect or simple sentence incorrect which they can improve with little effort

Develop a rapport, a trust with weak students to explore their personality traits, and bring them back on academic platform to perform as an integrated individual

Instill the idea of being successful and let them feel the difference between a performer and non- performer

Observe weak student’s progress minutely i.e. behavioral, habitual, psychological  and attitudinal with the help of colleague at school, peers at classroom and parent/caretaker at home

Keep your moral/inspirational/intrinsic values high while helping academically weak students; consist of persistence and consistence to bring desired changes. Educator trust on self effort and trust on weak students’ capability will certainly bring positive changes in academic performance. Your positive approach will certainly bring noticeable changes. Indeed, it is a time taking process, however slow but noticeable progress in weak students leads us to walk on the path of success towards our goal. We should hope for the best and remember universal thought by PB Shelly “If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?”. Let us hope for the best, do right effort for the best, for gradual progress of academically weak students if not magical progress!