Dr Nithinart Sinthudaecha, director of My DNA, a dermatoglyphics reading centre, said that if a child does not perform well in exams, sometimes the problem might not be with the child, but with the way he is taught.
"Some people prefer visual learning, while some learn better through listening. Some learn by getting hands-on experience. Each person has a different learning style, so ideally, the classroom environment and the exams should cater to these differences," said Dr Nithinart.
For small children, parents should notice how their kids learn best. Even the weakest skills can be developed, and everyone should be able to learn through all three aspects _ eyes, ears and hands.
"For children to get the same message, sometimes the teachers and parents might have to use different media. They learn best through their strongest points, but they also need to work on their weaker points because down the road a person will have to use their visual, auditory and practical skills."
If your child is not performing well in class, she said what you need to be supportive and encouraging.
"Never say he is lazy or stupid, because the more your child hears that, the more he will believe it and form his self-respect based on that."
Most importantly, parents should be realistic. A child should be able to choose what he wants to learn. Some parents pave a way for their child and expect him to study a certain field and do a certain job without considering the child's skills. Parents should also listen to the teachers and be open-minded enough to accept their comments. "Sometimes parents go to the teachers expecting to hear only good things about their children, and shut down entirely when they hear negative comments, thinking the teachers are wrong. That can prevent your child from reaching his full potential," she warned.
Even if the child has learning difficulties, it's unrealistic to fill his free time with extra classes. Dr Nithinart commented that a child who is forced against his will to learn too many things at once will end up knowing nothing.
"Before signing your child up for extracurricular classes, think about the stress your child will have to handle from this added learning time. There has to be a balance in a child's life for him to grow up to be a well-rounded adult."