Three Skills to Help Your Child Better Succeed in School
If you are a parent with school-age children, you might be worried if your child or children seem to be struggling to succeed in school. Luckily, there are three organization skills for students, which can help your child do better in school.
Establish a Time and a Place for Homework and Study
Students often complete homework best if they have a specific time and place where they do their work. For some kids, starting homework right after school works best. For other kids, having a half hour or an hour to play or do another fun activity allows their minds to be clearer, so they can complete the work more efficiently. For some kids, working at the kitchen table allows them to be more efficient at completing their work. Other kids find they work best doing their homework in their bedroom.
Get a Planner or Organizer
While a young elementary school student may not need to keep track of when assignments are due through an organizer, even those in the higher elementary grades often find it helpful to keep track of assignments. Your child does not necessarily need an official planner. Even just a notebook to record the assignments and their due dates can be helpful. Having a timeline of due dates can help your child to prioritize the work to be completed. The planner should be filled out by the child.
Establish a Place to Store Ongoing Work
Whether it is a project your child will be working on for several weeks, the times table flashcards your child has to go over every evening, or other work, if your child is going to need the materials for an extended amount of time, there should be a place where they can be stored. Inside a filing cabinet, in a specific drawer, or even on a shelf in a specific room will work. That way the child knows exactly where to find the work, and it is never a matter of searching through unsorted papers to find the assignment your child needs.
Of course, no one organization method is perfect for every person. You may find it is a bit of trial and error before you find the exact method that works best for your child’s situation.