How to deal with disappointing SEA results


It’s the time of year when dreams are either met or crushed with the release of results from SEA exam; and whilst most celebrate, others will be facing disappointing exam results. What can you do if you are a parent or guardian of a child whose SEA results are met with disappointment? Read on for tips on how to handle this situation.


Scenario 1: Your child was placed in a school of your choice but not theirs.

Reassure your child that it is not the end of the world if they did not get into the school of choice. If they were placed in one of your choices, highlight the reasons you believe the school would be an excellent fit. You can also visit the school's website and social media pages to highlight the positives of the school. If you know someone who attends the school, let that person have a chat with your child to provide information about the school.


Scenario 2: Your child was not placed in any of your choices.

This is a scenario many parents hate. Again, do not belittle your child and blame your child for this. Instead, reassure your child that it is not the end of the world. Decide if you will be sending your child to the school or seeking a transfer, bearing in mind that transfers are not instantly done and chances are that your child would have to attend the school for a period before the transfer is granted. If you have the money to pay for tuition, research private secondary schools that you think will be a good fit. If you and your child are up for it, you can opt to resit the exam the following year. No matter what your decision, it is advisable that you research all options in order to make an informed decision.


Scenario 3: Your child failed.

Every year several children score below 30% must resit the exam. If this is your child, reassurance is still needed. A child at this level is in need of remedial work so it is imperative that you seek extra help if you cannot do it yourself. Assess what can be done differently this time around to help your child succeed the next time around.


Remember, SEA is a placement exam and does not determine your child's worth. If you would like help preparing for the SEA, our tutors offer full and part-time tutoring options for students both in-home and online in Trinidad and Tobago. Give us a call or send a WhatsApp message to 324-5496 to schedule a FREE Consultation and let us discuss how we can help your child succeed.

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