Do *your* best
It’s natural for students to compare themselves to other students, but for most students it’s best if they don’t. On the one hand, a little competition might drive a student to work harder and achieve more; on the other hand (and more often than not) it can leave one child feeling badly about herself (“I work too slowly.” “I put in more time and got a worse grade.” “Everyone seems to “get it” but me.”). As the new school year begins to unfold, help your child stay focused on doing her very best work day in and day out. In fairness, she has no idea what’s going on in the mind or experience of another student. Remind her that because we all learn differently, and we all take in and absorb information at different rates and in different ways, the only student worth comparing herself to is…herself. She should work to take positive steps along her own continuum.