5 surprising strategies to improve Student Attendance
The good attendance record of the students in the institute is known to have a direct impact on their exam performance and overall development. It helps to increase students’ attention and relevancy in the classroom. It encourages them to build good relationships with teachers and peers for a better learning experience in the institute.
Institutes record student attendance regularly either manually or using the software. Various tools are helping to track student attendance in institutes such as biometric attendance systems, RFID-based attendance systems, attendance management software, and others.
However, even if the method of tracking students’ attendance might vary for the institutes, the strategies for improving attendance remain the same for all. Here are a few strategies that can surprisingly help the institute for improving student attendance.
Engaging Teaching Methods-
The institutes should make sure that the methods of teaching used by them are engaging and entertaining to the students. This makes the learning process monotonous and boring for the students.
The institutes can indulge new methods of teaching and learn for the students which involve games, engagement activities, projects, experiences, storytelling, and others that grab students’ interest in the classroom. Further, such activities not only improve attendance but also improve the cognitive abilities of the students. Also, it leads to group learning which gives rise to good leaders and team players in the future.
Notify Parents with Email/SMS-
Sending SMS and email notifications to the parents when the student is absent gives rise to the higher involvement of parents in the student’s educational life.
The parents or students are expected to give a reason for the student’s absenteeism. This way, the students cannot bunk classes without their parents’ knowledge.
The student attendance system marks students’ attendance every day without wasting a lot of lecture time. The software automates the process of sending email notifications to the parents and making the students feel responsible for their attendance in school.
Create a Positive Teaching Environment-
A positive teaching environment is an important factor in the institutes where there are hundreds of kids spending a part of their time every day.
The students come to the classroom for learning and a teacher plays an important part in students’ development. Hence, if he or she makes the student feel unwanted, unappreciated, or uncomfortable in the classroom, the student would avoid coming to the classroom. The teacher should try to understand each student and interact with them with softness.
Give Access to Students-
Several institutes make use of an attendance management system for marking and tracking students’ attendance every day and generating data reports monthly or yearly. The system offers a provision for role-based access to the teachers, students, admin, and parents. The parents can track students’ attendance using a phone or laptop. Similarly, the students too can keep a note of their attendance record and plan leaves, and check their absent reports.
This gives accountability to the student for their attendance record. This helps them to take responsibility for their leaves, half days and time offs. The students can see their absent percentage and make sure that they do not go below the minimum required number.
Further, they can discuss and plan their vacation in advance, get information about what they have missed during their off days and access the same notes or documents on the software itself.
Encouraging Extra-Curricular Activities-
Conducting classes every day can turn out to be monotonous for the children. If the institutes give opportunities to the students to participate and practice their hobbies, sports, and games in the institute, it is likely to increase the student’s interest. This also helps them in exploring new activities, ideas, hobbies, art forms and to know themselves better.
The students will be encouraged to be present in the institute to pursue what they love and maintain their attendance record. Further, conducting competitions, events, and other activities will help them develop skills and be physically fit.
Also, several institutes reward the students who have maintained a good attendance track record or who have never been absent. This encourages other students to maintain a good attendance record the next year.
Attendance plays an important role in the student’s progress across their education. It helps them to be attentive and relevant to what is going on in the class.
Making use of ERP solutions for tracking attendance improves students’ attendance over the period of time. It makes attendance marking transparent, automatic and easy for the institute.