back to school

  1. Your child will need to be up how early?  It’s time to do the math, allowing for a good breakfast and the travel time to school. Another calculation is needed to gradually get your child onto the school schedule by waking earlier each day until the target is reached.
  2. Study skills:  Make a plan and start it on day one of school.  Put all assignments on a calendar and break up large ones into manageable pieces, scheduling the completion of each step and the finished product.  Check our website under Test Taking Skills for the best of the best in study and test taking skills.
  3. Social/extra-curricular activities If your student struggled last year, it may be a good idea to limit non-academic activities until you can see how this school year is going. For some students, getting to participate in these activities can be an effective reward.
  4. Create a rewards system: A reward, (or bribery, if you must call it that), is often used to make or break a habit.  Let your student know that the money or reward is temporary and you expect continuation of the new habits once the reward has been reached. For example, if the student wants a game or music, $1 towards this could be earned daily as you check and find an organized notebook and backpack. Once this becomes easy for the student, up the ante. Check the notebook and backpack sporadically, 3-4 times a week. Once the student is regularly successful, reduce the number of checks again. Once this new habit is learned, allow your student to receive a bonus in order to get the prize.
  5. Think  positively! Make use of visualization. Ask your kids to picture knowing the answers and receiving the grades they want! They should speak and think positively, such as, “I am improving in math.”