The first thing I did was speak to the child's teacher. She gave me information about his performance in school and told me specific areas in which he struggled.
According to the teacher, although he did struggle in academics, one of his major difficulties was turning-in homework. We devised a method to help him keep track of his homework and to get it turned in everyday. The teacher and I began communicating daily through his agenda. All his grades rose at least one full letter grade.
I sat with him every night as he did his homework. Some nights we only worked for an hour, other nights we worked over two hours. However, he did all the work and he learned to do the work correctly. He was soon doing much of his homework at school before coming home.
When it came time for tests, I studied with him. I helped him
learn more efficient ways to study and helped him learn new ways to study. For the first time ever, he earned an A on a major science test.
I taught him how to efficiently and effectively read textbooks. We worked together and improved his reading comprehension. I showed him how to be prepared to learn during classtime. According to his teachers, he began to participate in class. He was answering questions AND asking appropriate questions.
After working together for three months, he raised his grades to mostly A's and B's with just one C.