How to Help Prevent Students from Dropping Out of School

Every academic year brings hope for children to study better than the following year and pass out with good grades. But few students leave school before even completing the academic year and become school dropouts.

Students drop out of school due to many reasons namely dissatisfaction towards studies or school, extremely high expectations and peer pressure, many circumstantial reasons, high pressure from parents, and much more. Leaving school without completing the education may lead to lower-paying jobs, unemployment, a poor economic status due to unemployment, and much more.

Teachers, elders, seniors, or even friends can motivate a student not to leave school without completing the education, thus helping them in difficult times or situations. Few effective strategies by teachers can retain students who insist on dropping out. Hereunder are a few effective strategies that can be utilized by both parents and teachers that can help in preventing students from dropping out of school :

Strategies for parents :

  • Having a friendly conversation and listening to the child\’s point of view
  • Persuading the child not to drop out with reasonable options
  • Building a healthy relationship with the child
  • Providing a mental health support

Strategies for teachers :

  • Providing a personal counselling session to the susceptible student.
  • Persuading the susceptible student not to drop out with reasonable counter options.
  • Providing personal tutoring session to the susceptible student.
  • Discussing it with the susceptible student\’s parents.
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Strategies for parents :

1.Having a friendly conversation and listening to the child\’s point of view

Having a friendly conversation and listening to the child\’s point of view about the reason of drop out can be the most effective and crucial step in persuading the child not to drop out. Talking out in a friendly and honest manner may help the child to open up and talk about the problem they are facing and discuss it frankly to bring out the solution. Having a friendly conversation and listening to the child\’s POV can be helpful in :

  • Encourage the child about not dropping out.
  • Provide a hope for the child in the form of receiving help.

2.Persuading the child not to drop out with reasonable options

Persuading the child not to drop out of school may be difficult when the child has already made up the mind. This can be done only by providing alternatives or better options than the current situation. Those options may include :

  • Changing the course or the faculty.
  • Changing the school.
  • Trying out vocational school if the child does not like the conventional teaching institutes.
  • Trying traditional schooling options.
  • Trying out home tutoruing or personal mentoring session.

3.Building a healthy relationship with the child

Building a healthy relationship with the child is very important for the child\’s growth. If a child feels mental security and support with parents then he/she would automatically come up and discuss openly, the problems he/she is facing in school or in life. Tips to build a healthy relationship with the child :

  • Listening to the child\’s point of view.
  • Paying attention to their activities and guiding them accordingly.
  • Being a friend.
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4.Providing a mental health support

Providing all kinds of support to children is important, but most important is mental health support. The child may be facing some serious issues regarding mental health like peer pressure, fear of being left out, Fear of lacking in school, fear of doing bad in exams, scoring fewer marks, and many more. All these issues that the child is facing should be discussed by parents in a very polite and friendly way without getting angry or frustrated with the child. Thus providing the child with security and stability. Cheering up and providing a positive affirmation to the child can be helpful at such crucial times.

Strategies for teachers :

1.Providing a personal counselling session to the susceptible student.

Counseling sessions help teachers to understand students in a better way. Students who plan on dropping out can first take guidance under such counselors or teachers, before making up their minds. Young minds need proper guidance and mental support to stand against societal pressures. Showing the students about real-life problems and making them strong mentally may become part of the counseling sessions.

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2.Persuading the susceptible student not to drop out with reasonable counter options.

Persuading the susceptible student not to drop can be a rigorous task for teachers as the student may have already made up their minds. Young minds often need a divergence or different way of persuasion. Not all students can understand the same methods or techniques. Every child has a unique way of persuading thoughts and tasks. Reasonable counter options for not to drop out can :

  • Interstanding the student\’s interests and skills.
  • Suggesting change of course or faculty.
  • Providing additinal tutoring if the student is unable to understand what is being taught.
  • Providing special attention to the student.

3.Providing personal tutoring session to the susceptible student.

Providing a personal tutoring session to the susceptible student is a way to help a student who is unable to pursue the same teaching methods and techniques as the other students of their age or class. Every student has a unique learning style or retaining capacity to retain the information which is taught. A personal tutoring session may help the student to understand everything that is taught in his/her method and convincing not to drop out of school.

4.Discussing it with the susceptible student\’s parents.

Sometimes the child may be facing some issue at home due to which he/she is unable to concentrate on what is being taught, thus lagging behind and receiving lower grades can break their motivation to continue schooling. In such cases, even parents are unaware of the issue the child is facing. Thus to help out the student, the teacher should take the initiative and ask the child about the problems and try to solve them by discussing them out with parents.

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