How student underachievement affects a student’s actions and behaviour at home

student empowerment-Understanding Underachievement

Student underachievement can have a number of negative impacts on a student at home. At home just as they do in school, underachieving students show the behavioural patterns that are typical of underachieving students at school. Underachievement has been linked with mindless, negative behavioural patterns and a conscious or unconscious decision to do things poorly on purpose.

Many experts who study the student underachievement have found that the discrepancy between expected performance and actual performance of underachieving students is a result of their beliefs and mindset. Although underachieving students certainly do poorly in school, researchers say they can do poorly in other areas of their lives too such as at home.

Three ways in which underachievement may affect a student’s actions at home include:

Reduced Self-esteem: Several studies have shown that a reduced self-esteem is common with underachieving students, and this can cause a sense of inadequacy that can negatively affect how they act at home. 

Stress: While stress itself doesn’t cause underachievement; stress is one of the personal issues that can cause underachievement in some students. A number of studies have found that students who are from poor family are more likely to underachieve potentially because of stress and lack. Such students who are not performing well academically may feel pressure to improve their grades, which can lead to increased stress and anxiety and their actions at home can be affected. 

Family pressure to perform better: Underachieving students may be under pressure to perform better due to regular conflicts with parents and other family members who are concerned about the student’s academic achievement. These conflicts may lead to increased tension and pressure and cause the student to behave and act poorly at home.

Student underachievement can certainly affect the student’s actions and behaviour at home. To reduce the possibility, it may be helpful to work with the students to reverse their underachievement and build their self-esteem and confidence. This may involve providing positive feedback, encouragement and support. It may also be helpful to involve the student’s school and other teachers in addressing the issue, as appropriate.  


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