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Unlocking Potential in the Underachiever
What are the causes of underachievement? Figuring out the cause(s) of underachievement requires some detective work by the teacher, parent, counselor and learner. Underachievement in students can result from a variety of factors. Once the reasons are figured out, solutions can be tailored to the individual's need. Underachievement is a complex issue influenced by both internal and external elements.
Some common causes of underachievement:
-- Not enough sleep for a variety of reasons such as job and/or child care for younger siblings.
-- Topic is not deemed important enough.
-- Self-doubt causes such as afraid to try new things - fear of failure, so why try?
-- Undiagnosed learning disabilities.
-- Lack of support from home or school.
-- For the gifted and intellectually different, the lack of challenge can cause disengagement.
-- Prioritizing social activities and peer acceptance can lessen the importance of education.
-- Family issues or health problems can interfere with achievement.
-- Teachers who are unable to engage students with clear instruction.
-- Lack of clear goals to create direction and motivation and overcoming obstacles.
-- Comparison to others causing a lack of belief in own abilities.
-- Depression or anxiety impact the abilities to focus and perform well.
Examining the causes of underachievement will help finding the solutions. Support from parents, teachers, and counselors can help students overcome the reasons for their underachievement and help them unlock their full potential.