Time management is a challenge for everyone; especially for middle and high school students. Between homework, school, after-school activities, family, friends, jobs and more, their time is truly NOT their own. And in this fast-paced culture, effective time-management skills are essential.
How can you help your student master basic time management strategies? Here are some helpful tools and tips.
1. Use an academic planner to help your student plan and stay on track. Whether they use a paper planner (I recommend Order Out of Chaos’ “Academic Planner: A Tool for Time Management” ) or electronic calendar, make sure their planner is set up as a grid system so they can see their week at a glance. Record all their class assignments, after-school activities, work commitments, even plans with friends. This will allow them to know what they need to do AND when they have time to PLAN to get things done. (more…)
Does your child incorporate proofreading as part of their written work? Most of my students think that as soon as they put their final ending punctuation mark on their writing, it’s done!
The ability to assess and correct one’s own performance is a metacognitive skill. When students have a weakness in this area, they may neglect to proofread and check their work. Some students have difficulty staying on topic and veer off in a different direction or go on a tangent, losing sight of their topic or goal. Others make careless errors by rushing through their work or not paying attention to details.
Tips for Successful Proofreading:
Kids generally don’t enjoy being told what to do, especially when it comes to doing tasks. According to executive function experts, Sarah Ward, M.S., CCC/SLP and Kristen Jacobsen, M.S., CCC/SLP, the key to increasing job performance is to change tasks from a simple behavior to a personal identity label. Doing this transfers the ownership of a task, thereby increasing a child’s sense of self. When we “own” a task, we are much more likely to both complete the task and do it well.
Empower your child with task ownership by making the task into a specific job and assigning it a “job title.” To do this, simply add “er” to the end of the word that describes the desired action, like “Toothbrusher,” “Window Washer,” “Writer,” “Packer,” “Listener,” etc. (more…)
Does your student struggle to stay focused when completing online homework assignments? Nowadays, most middle school and high school students use the internet to complete homework assignments, which can lead to a good deal of distraction and procrastination- especially with the proliferation of social networking sites.
Help your student minimize online distractions and maximize efficiency using these tools:
Use an Academic Planner
If you’re like most of my students, you are probably thinking that you don’t need to use an academic planner because you can just remember your homework, projects, and upcoming tests. Guess what? That will work until it doesn’t! Some things are bound to slip through the cracks, and then you will end up with missing assignments or grades that don’t reflect your capabilities.
Trust us on this one, academic planners are extremely useful tools to help us manage our daily activities and achieve our goals. It’s like having an external brain to help you remember things. (more…)
Homework can provide a wonderful opportunity to teach students organizational, time management, and problem-solving skills. It can also teach them how to be responsible and to work autonomously. These are all excellent “skills 4 life.”
Even exceptional students who are well organized may have trouble juggling the demands of multiple classes, long-term projects, and extracurricular activities.
Tips to Help Your Child Get Their Homework Done: