Barriers to Learning

A barrier to learning is anything that acts as a hindrance in the way of a child being able to learn effectively. It is quite possible that a learner may experience one or more barriers to learning throughout his or her education.

For example extreme depression, anxiety, poverty & poor domestic grooming will all act as barriers to a child’s learning. Or a student with developmental delay or disorder will experience that disability as an intrinsic barrier to learning and will require varying levels of support to accommodate their disability in order to reach their full academic potential. Barriers to learning may not be limited to intrinsic barriers only rather they can have a wide range including societal/environmental barriers.

The purpose of this article is to highlight these barriers which may affect negatively the learning process. These barriers may result in:

  • Poor Concentration level
  • Inability to comprehend educational needs
  • Failure taking in information
  • Having difficulty in expressing problems

Let us have a look that may help you find out the reason for poor academic scores and you may seek professional aid from us to fix these issues:

  1. Depression:

Depression can be the main barrier in the process of learning. It can result in resistance to anything school-related, poor academic performance and stop them from learning and enjoying their time in school. In some cases, if it goes undiagnosed and unnoticed their mental health is at risk, which can lead to:

  • social and behavioural problems
  • poor performance and learning
  • neglected hygiene
  • poor self-care practices
  • low self-esteem

All these factors may result in a lack of engagement in the classroom, poor relationships with peers and teachers, and disinterest in pursuing passions and planning for the future.

Depression negatively influences academic progress and students might experience:

  • negative effects on their attention
  • scoring lower in academics than their peers
  • interpretation
  • concentration
  • memory
  • social interaction
  • physical health

If a student is undergoing depression, the majority of their mental capacity is used to produce negative thoughts. This can result in facing difficulty to pursue positive thoughts and can be very exhausting for the student, which detracts from their learning abilities.

Excel Education strives to find the emotional gaps in learning of all students and work on these to give the student a solid foundation to grow.

  1. Anxiety & Mental Health:

Anxiety can majorly cause “distress” in a person’s life. It negatively affects his or her ability to work or study, socialise and perform practical life tasks. Anxiety impacts a student’s in these ways:

  • working and thinking less efficiently, which significantly
  • affecting the student’s learning capability to excel at school and extracurricular activities,
  • satisfying parental and peer expectations,
  • understanding to navigate conflicts
  • handling peer pressure, and societal demands

Responding to these can leave adolescents anxious and broken. A large number of today’s youth is having concerns with their mental health and with the passage of time this ratio is even increasing.

Mental health problems can affect a student’s

  • energy level
  • concentration
  • dependability
  • mental ability
  • optimism
  • Hindering performance.
  1. Emotional Gaps:

Emotional barriers to Learning may include a single worry or a combination of different aspects resulting in poor academic performance such as:

  • Fear:

A student may develop a fear that others may criticize or judge his ability and he may face failure or rejection in any particular skill.

  • Shame:

A learner may feel that his or her work may not be equally good as others, and this lack of confidence fosters shame and they do not even try to succeed.

  • Emotional Sensitivity:

Poor control of emotions and sensitivity can enhance anxiety and a student may feel better in lagging rather than staying ahead in a classroom atmosphere.

  • Adjusting to Change:

Some learners are unable to go with any change in the learning scenarios and show unwillingness to adjust to it. This also can cause anxiety and makes them lagging behind in process of learning.

  1. Social Development:

A child’s ability to interact socially with their peers has a significant impact on how they develop social skills and bond up with their peers in the classroom. The process of learning in a classroom environment involves interacting with other students through problem-solving and peer-work. School students who may not have developed basic social skills often fall behind in their learning as they are unable to adapt themselves as effectively as others. All these barriers can badly affect a learner in learning and engaging in the classroom and showing poor performance as well.

KRS Education helps break down these barriers and implement strategies to help all students who may be suffering from varying degrees of mental health concerns at different times and strive to identify best practices for promoting engaging and safe learning environments for all students.

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