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5 Ways To Start The School Year Off Right

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Kids are adjusting to their first couple weeks back in a classroom. Some are very excited to be learning new things while others long for afternoons on the playground or at the beach. Either way, there are some ways kids can start the school year off right, so they have a great chance of academic success while still having the opportunity just to be a kid. Its important students learn organizational skills but still have time for friends. It’s also a good idea to reevaluate any changing needs young students have as they grow and transition through their K-12 experiences.

Get organized
Each student will have different organizational needs based on their current grade and list of classes. If kids are going to different teachers for different subjects, it’s great to have a separate notebook and folder for each class. It’s also beneficial to have a due date calendar where students can see how many days they have until their next assignment needs to be handed in. Also, students who have access to an online version of their textbook should be shown how to login and find different information or, if they are given a tablet by their school, they should learn how to use it if they don’t know how already. Basic organization is one of the keys to success at this age.

Ease into the transition
It can be a big change to go from spending most of the day playing outside to sitting still in the classroom until the middle of the afternoon. Students will generally have an easier time of it if they can burn off some of that energy when school is over. They may also need help getting back into the groove of completing homework or studying for quizzes. If necessary, they can work with an in-home tutor to review any important concepts from the previous year, so they are good to go when their teacher builds upon these concepts in the fall. Transitions are a lot easier when they don’t occur suddenly, and young students can use all the help they can get.

A healthy meal and a good night’s sleep
Kids do a lot better when they have some good solid food to eat and the recommended amount of rest for their age. Although easier said than done, this means getting plenty of fruits & veggies as well as protein at the dinner table. Kids can also enjoy healthy snacks, which will keep them energized while completing homework assignments. Kids may have been sleeping in a little bit over the summer, but now that they have to be up at the crack of dawn they may function better with an earlier bedtime.

Meet the teacher
It can be scary having a brand new teacher at the beginning of the year. Younger students tend to feel more comfortable asking questions or going to the teacher for extra help if they have spent a little bit of time with them outside of the classroom. Most schools hold a meet-and-greet night in September or October. This is such a great opportunity for both kids and parents to get a chance to talk to the teacher in a more casual environment and become comfortable with this very important authority figure in their lives.

Review important facts

In the past, schools spent a full month reviewing things from the previous year. However, these days teachers often have to go through review very quickly. As a result, if a child has forgotten anything from last year they may find themselves behind, which can be frustrating. It’s a good idea to ask the teacher how much time will be spent on review. If a student is struggling to remember important concepts they can work with their parents or a one-on-one tutor can get them up to speed in no time. This way they’ll be ready for and excited about new subjects.

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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