Help Your Child Succeed in School

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Children want to succeed at school, however, they need to learn some skills. Here are some tips that will help them achieve academic success.

Make sure your child gets organized. Have a definite place to study and folders for specific work. There should be folders for work in progress and completed work. A small folding file works well for this.

Have them clean this out once a week.

Have them keep a calendar or planner, and make sure they write all work that is due in the planner.

Have a checklist of what should go in your child’s backpack and come home with them that they can keep in their planner.

Make sure that all projects are started in a timely manner so they will not have to be completed last minute. This causes a lot of stress and usually contributes to a lower grade.

Make sure your child understands that if they have tests they need to study for them. Each night they should spend at least ten minutes of study time for each subject they will be testing for. This is in addition to whatever homework they have.

Make sure the phone and TV are off during study times. However, some kids study better with music. If this is true of yours, allow them to listen.

Make sure the study area is free from distractions and has enough light. Eyes may get tired during continuous reading and studying especially if the light is dim.

Have the email address of all your child’s teachers, principal, and vice principals. Put them all in your address book individually and as a group. Make sure to contact your child’s teachers at least once a month to touch base. If your child is having problems, send a short email once a week to touch base and see if the teacher has advice.

Try to work with the teacher if there is a problem. Make sure the teacher and child both knows you are going to be supportive of his/her educational goals.

If your child has a serious personality conflict with a teacher, go in and talk to the teacher first. If you do not get a good response go to the vice principal. If all else fails, talk to the principal. If nothing else works, have your child change teachers or teams.

Administrators are extremely reluctant to do this. Use this as a last resort, but if your child is suffering, make sure to pursue it. If all else fails, call a supervisor at the school board, or write a letter. This almost always works. Do not wait too long to do this. Once they are halfway thorough the year, it is much harder.

Try to make learning fun. If you can show kids how the areas they are studying relate to them it will make it more interesting.

Allow your child some choices in study time and organization, but make sure whatever you both decide on remains constant.

Do not pressure your child too much. Make sure you know what is going on at school. Sometimes these things can interfere with grades.

Make sure your child understands priorities. Have him/her list what he/she needs to get done from most important to least important each and complete the assignments in order of importance.  

Give your child some downtime each day. Let them relax and do what they want to.

Have a snack available for them when they get home. Hunger can really get in the way of concentration.

Make sure they eat before school. Breakfast will prepare them for a long academic day.

Put a snack in their backpack just in case.

Make sure they get plenty of sleep. Being tired contributes to lower grades. At least 10-12 hours is important for most kids. Some can get by on 9 hours of sleep, but it is not enough for most.

Give them space. When they get home from school or aftercare, allow for some downtime. Give them at least a half an hour to unwind, and then get to work.

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