5 Tips to Help Your Kid Succeed in the New Year
The holidays are already over, and it seems like time flies; kids are about halfway through their school year and are, hopefully, rested from the holiday break. Now is a great time to reevaluate academics and think about what will make the rest of the school year a success. Perhaps a student needs a little push to get organized, or maybe they need to tackle that one tough subject. There are tons of things parents can do to help their kid have a great experience between now and June.
Personal organization skills
Personal organization can be hard at any age. In fact, it can be a full-time job in and of itself. Most kids, even really responsible and motivated kids, need a little bit of help with their organization. The start of a new year is an ideal opportunity to start implementing these skills and encourage kids to think about how being organized can make their life a lot easier in the long run. It can take a little bit of time upfront but excellent organization makes the school year easier for both student and parent.
Chat with the teacher
A child’s teacher is one of the most valuable resources when it comes to a student’s academic success. As a bonus, teachers have a chance to reflect on how each of their students is doing at the end of the semester. As kids come back to school after winter break teachers recognize which skills their class needs to work on and which ones they’re successful at. Every conversation via phone or email between parent and teacher can help increase the odds of a child being successful all the way through June.
Become a self-starter
At this point in the year, it’s appropriate for kids to start being a little bit more of a self-starter. The amount of self-motivation should certainly be appropriate for their age level, but kids should start figuring out what they need to do to finish assignments for school. For a younger kid, being a self-starter may simply mean taking their books out of their bag or opening their laptop and getting started on an assignment that’s due tomorrow. For an older kid, it might mean having a long-term plan about how they can improve grades and apply to college or thrive through an advanced placement course.
Hire a tutor
Once first term grades are online, parents will have a concrete idea of how well their child is doing at school. Many parents will be thrilled with their child’s success while others might notice that there’s that one difficult topic that still needs to be improved upon. If, after the first semester, a child is still struggling they may need a little bit of one-on-one help. Working with a tutor can help kids get past an overwhelming academic challenge and help them learn to love that subject once again.
Leave time for fun
Believe it or not, it’s also important for kids to have enough time to rest, relax, and have a little bit of fun. Kids get less overwhelmed when they have adequate brakes and free time to explore their personal interests. Exploring extracurricular activities such as arts, music, or sports is also an important factor in gaining a well-balanced overall education. Kids tend to be more motivated to do well with their class work if they have had enough time to rest their brain and stay mentally focused on the task at hand.
Robyn Scott is a private English tutor at TutorNerds. She attended the University of California, Irvine as an undergraduate and the University of Southampton in England as a graduate student. She has worked with students from the United States, Japan, South Korea, the European Union, and Africa.
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