Summer is winding down and school is about to start up. Are you and your teen ready for the schedule shift? Whether you’re perfectly prepared or completely caught off guard, never fear, Potential is here! We’ve got all the tips, advice and helpful information you need to make this next year the best year yet.
Get Your Study On
With school comes plenty of studying, and you can make your teen’s time hitting the books more efficient and effective by helping them create a study space that’s all their own. Check out these cool ideas.
Goal for It!
The beginning of a new school year is a great time to set some year-end goals. Try this:
- Find the time to sit down with your teen and make a list of things that you’d both like to see them accomplish in the coming months.
- Write each goal on its own page in a notebook, and break large things into manageable increments to take some of the pressure off.
- You may want to set a reward for major achievements to help motivate your teen.
- And don’t forget to keep track of your teen’s progress throughout the year, making notes as they hit important milestones and detailing how they overcame challenges and hurdles.
Tips & Tools
Help your teen start the fresh school year on the right foot with these ideas on organization and focus.
- Set a study schedule for each week, setting aside specific time each day for the task. If possible, study at the same time every day.
- Use a planner! Whether you choose a paper version or a scheduling app, it’s much easier to stick to a schedule (and avoid schedule conflicts) when you have everything written down and in one place.
- Use a “to-do” list. Set a priority list for your daily homework and studying before you begin each day. Then check off items as completed. This will help make sure everything gets done, and looking at a “all done” list provides a great sense of accomplishment.
- Keep class notes, handouts and other important info together and organized by subject using different folders or notebooks for each.
- Get prepared. When study time is done, put all your books, folders, pens, etc. back in your bag so it’s ready to grab and go the next morning. Lay out the next day’s clothes as well.
Keep things clean. Go through your notebooks and your school bag at the end of each week and trash whatever you can. But be careful! Don’t throw away something you’ll need later.
Just like every person is unique, every teen learns and absorbs information differently. By identifying your teen’s particular learning style, you can figure out the study methods that match and learn how you can best help them reach their academic goals. Here are the three primary learning styles:
Visual: Visual learners like to see what they are learning. They find something to watch when bored. They have a tendency to sit in or near the front of the classroom. They usually take notes with a lot of detail and imagery. To aid your visual learner, encourage them to incorporate notes with charts, images or color in their study sessions. It is best for them to study in a secluded area away from distractions.
Auditory: Auditory learners learn by hearing. They have a tendency to sit wherever they can hear the instructor clearly. They hum or talk when they are bored. Encourage your auditory learner to read out loud and do repetitive readings while studying.
Demonstrator: These learners thrive by touching or doing. These active people usually sit near the door or where they can get around easily. When bored, they find reasons to move. Engage your demonstrative learner in an activity where they can use their hands when studying (writing, reenacting, building, etc). They remember what was done more than what was said or seen.
Get Your Study On