How to Have a Great School Year! Two Categories & Twenty-five Steps – Support & Empower Your Child
Over a glass of wine and a plate of sushi we came up with the following list of ideas. We divided the list into “home” and “school”, and then I included some web sites that provide additional, practical information.
& Speaking of “practical”: We tried to be as practical and as concrete as possible. We tried to keep our ideas clear and simple. We agreed that it was really important to post and share the list with her daughter well before the beginning of the school year, and to review & refer to it often.
(A) At Home
1. Develop good time management skills – learn to prioritize (http://bit.ly/12P9hl);
2. Self-discipline – make good decisions – decide what needs to be done & do it;
3. Create your own calendar of events to post at home (http://bit.ly/9qfbFB);
4. Keep a homework agenda – record all assignments and upcoming events neatly, accurately, carefully. Carry it with you at all times;
5. Find & create you perfect study/homework space;
6. Do your homework & do it well (http://bit.ly/9fuNin);
7. Find a homework buddy (e.g. classmates to call if you have missed or don’t understand the work);
8. Develop your study skills (http://www.studygs.net/);
9. Practice excellent organizational skills (http://bit.ly/bTJmSV);
10. Keep a positive attitude and an open mind;
11. Believe in yourself & take pride in your work;
12. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it – but really try first!
13. Discover: What kind of a learner are you? (http://bit.ly/dvcStr)
14. Stay healthy – eat well, exercise, maintain fun/healthy friendships, have some down time and get a good night sleep;
1. Always arrive a few minutes early to class so as to be ready to start the day/class on a positive note;
2. Get to know your teachers – & help them get to know you;
3. Pay attention at all times and be prepared in class;
4. Approach each lesson/class with optimism and an open mind;
5. Be proactive, be organized;
7. Participate in class discussions and ask questions;
9. Get involved in the whole-school experience: join a sports team(s), club(s), school play, etc.;
10. Take pride in your work and in your accomplishments;
11. Respect: respect yourself, your teachers, your peers, and your learning environment.