The end of the year is exciting for students since summer break is right around the corner. Since the thoughts of time off from school come into play, it can be challenging for parents and students. Motivation may drop right as final exams start, making it hard to stay focused. With a little effort and planning, finishing the year off strong is possible.
Here are some tips to help your child succeed in the final stretch of the school year.
1. Set Goals
Setting goals is a great strategy to use all year long. It is essential to encourage your kid to continue to strive for success. Setting clear goals helps your child stay motivated and focused in the last couple of weeks of school. Encourage your child to make a list of academic and personal goals they want to achieve by the end of the year. Ensure you help your child set realistic and achievable goals.
An excellent technique to teach your child is SMART goals so they can track their progress. These are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound goals. This ensures you have a well-established tool to keep track of your goals.
2. Create a Schedule to Study
When warm weather rolls around, your kids will want to spend more time outside having fun than worrying about their last school responsibilities. You can create a healthy balance for them by planning how long they can play until it’s time to study. Help your child develop a study schedule that includes time for homework, studying and relaxing.
This can help them manage their time and reduce stress levels. Make sure the schedule is flexible to accommodate any last-minute changes that don’t throw anyone for a complete loop.
3. Promote Healthy Habits
Healthy habits are a big part of success when it comes to school. Without proper sleep, nutrition and other habits it can cause your children to be sluggish and have trouble concentrating. Ensure your child gets physical activity, good sleep and eats healthy foods so they are ready to conquer the days ahead. When they are working on schoolwork, watch and look for stress cues so you can encourage them to stretch and breathe deeply to stay calm.
TV and social media are also taking up a lot of time. Engaging in too much screen time cuts productivity for school work. Teachers will thank you for teaching children to focus better and use time wisely at home.
4. Keep Track of Progress
Ensuring your child progresses is essential to see if your implementation works for them. If it seems like your plans aren’t working, you can adjust and communicate with your child when they might be having a hard time.
Check-in with teachers to see their grades and communicate that you are working with them to help. Encourage your kids to talk to teachers if they struggle in a specific subject or need help.
5. Stay Organized
Staying organized can help your child from feeling overwhelmed by the amount of things on their plate at the end of the year. Being organized will increase productivity, reduce stress and help them stay on track. Start with a planner where you document exams, due dates and other important school-related things. It can be digitally on a phone or computer or written in a traditional planner. Ensure they have all the materials they need for success, like pencils, notebooks and anything else necessary.
6. Create a Positive Study Environment
The right environment for homework and studying can help them finish the year confidently. Find an area you can set up a spot for them to study. It should be quiet with limited distractions. You can be available for them too if they need help with their work. Encourage them to take breaks when they need to so they don’t feel stressed.
Be sure you invite and encourage them to ask questions and share their thoughts with you or ask their teacher if it is something they should ask their teacher.
7. Review and Preview
The best way for students to retain things they learn is by reviewing and previewing regularly. The more they see the content, the more they will remember. Encourage them to review notes and materials regularly, even if an exam isn’t for a while. It will help them retain information easier when it is time to test their knowledge. You can also preview upcoming materials so they feel prepared for lessons they are taught in the future and apply the knowledge better.
8. Be Positive
Maintain a positive attitude for your kids even when their spirits are low. Being a good role model will help since positivity spreads. Remind them that they are capable and will pay off when they work hard on their goals.
Finish Off the Year Strong
Try these tips when searching for ways to get your kids through the school year. Finishing off the school year strong will have them confident for when they need to head into next year. The same techniques can be used to start on the right track.