Summer is winding down, and soon it’ll be time to get back into the swing of things with school. Waking up early again will be just one adjustment. Kids go from spending their days outdoors in the sun, to being inside the classroom and getting daily homework assignments. To stay focused and keep up their grades, it’s imperative to hit the books and study on a regular basis.
With a wide range of classes and homework assignments, it’s easy to let a worksheet or even a reading assignment fall through the cracks. Buy an academic planner before the school year begins so you and your kids can keep track of all assignments, and when they’re due; the planner can also help you create a schedule that includes everything from when swim practice is to when to plan on working on that science project.
In a similar vein, have a way to organize all paperwork in a system that works for all. For some this might mean assembling a binder for each school subject; this way you can store handouts and class notes in one place. With all course materials in one place, it’ll be easier to study for that class when the time comes.
Find a Good Study Space
To best retain what is being studying, find a space that will make it easy to focus. In other words: a place where it’s easy to avoid distractions, whether it be the library, or a corner of the house away away from the living room. Additionally, make sure to turn off cell phone and limit the number of times email or social media accounts are checked. Perhaps most importantly, make the space comfortable, but not too comfortable—so you don’t start to doze.
Teachers provide deadlines for when that essay needs to be turned in, but they don’t give deadlines for studying what’s been reviewed in class. That’s because test day shouldn’t be considered a deadline. Rather, have your children plan to review content throughout the semester so they are not scrambling the night before finals, trying to remember what was taught 10 weeks ago.
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