For successful teaching and learning, students need to do well in exams. In a classroom full of students, all are different from one another. Along with quick learners, and toppers, some students are not able to score well in exams. The low academic performance of students affects overall teaching success too. In such cases, teachers must take some additional tips for the betterment and academic improvement of students. Let us discuss some effective tips that teachers can follow to work on students getting low exam scores and grades.

Reasons why students score less in exams

  1. Lack of understanding: to do well in exams, having a proper academic understanding is important. When students don’t understand the lessons well, they don’t frame the answers correctly which affects their exam scores.
  2. Accountability issues: when students lack sincerity and accountability towards studies, their exam scores are affected for sure. Such students don’t study every day, don’t complete the exam syllabus properly, and later face low academic grades.
  3. Poor concentration: many students have poor concentration levels. Because of this, their learning and memorization skills are affected. Such students read the questions inappropriately and make many mistakes which make them scoreless in exams.

Tips for teachers to work more on students with low exam scores

  1. Show them their answer sheets, and ask them to self analyze

Using a school information management system, make sure to maintain records of students’ scores in all the exams. Show them the answer sheets. Let students check for themselves all the mistakes that they have made in the exam. This will help students get an idea of their weaker sections so that they can work on them and improve the next time. Later, conduct extra classes to give them special attention and more detailed explanations of the syllabus.

  1. Use technology to make studies interesting 

For many students understanding the academic subjects from textbooks and guides becomes difficult. To overcome this problem, using technology can help. By using online teaching apps and sites, teachers can access several audiovisual tools like educational videos, modules, demonstrations, picture cards, PowerPoint presentations, and more. With the help of visualization, students tend to understand the concepts better and quicker. Also, they will become more interested in learning. This will surely work to improve their exam performance.


  1. Ensure their regularity in classes 

When students don’t attend the classes regularly, they face understanding issues. By being irregular, students not only miss the important topics being taught on that particular day but also the understanding of further lessons is also affected. This can be trouble-causing for students. Ask students to avoid absenteeism. The ones whom you see scoring low marks, make sure that they are regular in the classes. Using an attendance management system, keep track of students’ attendance records. The ones you find being frequently absent, talk to them, ask for valid reasons, and to be more regular.

  1. Talk to parents 

In academic growth and development, along with teachers, parents play an equal contribution. The students who are scoring fewer marks in exams, interact with their parents. Show the answer sheets to them, and explain where their child is making mistakes. Ask parents to work on the improvement of their ward’s studies. Tell them to ensure that the child studies at home every single day. You can ask them to arrange a home tutor or provide students with online learning facilities so that they improve academically.


  1. Encourage them 

The students who you find lacking the zeal and accountability to be better, provide them with a dose of encouragement. Not all students are passionate about learning. But as we know, academic growth holds utmost importance, teachers should encourage students to do better. Have motivational talks with them. Ask students to try more, ask teachers as many times as they want, and stay goal-oriented. You can also set a reward system to make students do better in exams.


With high score holders, some students score less in exams. Every teacher wants all their students to do good and not to face low academic performance. By following the above-mentioned tips, teachers can work more on such students. These strategies and hard work will help teachers to provide students with a proper academic understanding, and encourage them to put in more self-effort to enhance exam performance.