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What would you say about your child's academic strengths and weaknesses?

watertesterwatertester Posts: 534Registered User Member
edited December 2008 in Prep School Parents
I am sure many of you have answered or are answering this question for the application to a FAMOUS BS. I find myself at a loss - what do they expect from this question? Math or English? visual learner or audio learner? analytical skills or creativity? What is your approach in answering this question?
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Replies to: What would you say about your child's academic strengths and weaknesses?

  • jedwardsjedwards Posts: 139Registered User Junior Member
    uh - just be honest. tell the truth as you see it about your child. I imagine that most admissions people can see right through the parent who doesn't reveal any weaknesses in their child....or who try to cast a weakness as a strength, such as, "his weakness in math is that he just tries too hard." Schools don't expect students to be perfect, and I think they are just looking for truthful assessments from those who know them best - their parents.
  • hsmomstefhsmomstef Posts: 3,579Registered User Senior Member
    I was honest (and I felt I knew my son pretty well). I was certain that his weaknesses would also be mentioned in teacher reports, etc.

    I think I mentioned disorganization and lack of the ability to set priorities and time management -- but I also stated that he was very interested in improving these areas and one of the reasons he wanted to attend boarding school was the required study hall periods (which he also mentioned in his essay). In his essay, he said it was hard to be motivated to study when none of the kids he hung out with did any studying. I also said that this weakness was one of the reasons our family felt BS was the best placement -- even without any studying or time management, he could still get great grades (including A's from papers written in the 15 minutes before class started over lunch).

    I think I also said that I was concerned about his writing skills -- and that his current school had the kids write one paper a semester.

    So -- for my kid, it was academics. He really didn't have any weaknesses in other areas, but that might not be true for other kids.

    I think the key is to be honest, yet explain the reasons behind the weakness and why BS is the answer to overcoming it.

    Of course, if your kid has some serious character flaws (likes to torture small animals, shoplifts regularly, beats up his mother), you might have more trouble (read that last sentence with a sarcastic tone).
  • laxtaxilaxtaxi Posts: 758Registered User Member
    Why would anyone want their child going to a school at which an honest assessment of his/her strengths and weaknesses would result in a decision not to admit him/her? If you kid's strengths/weaknesses don't match what the school can offer, you ought not want your kid at that school.
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