Academic Success Skills for Students and Parents/ Guardians

Tips for Students

  • Keep your desk or work space clear when working on a task
  • Break tasks into small chunks
  • At the end of the week go through backpack, folders and desk to get rid of unneeded papers (make sure you check with your teacher if the papers are needed or not)
  • When given the freedom to choose a work space, choose a space away from distractors
  • Ask for help from an adult when feeling overwhelmed or distracted
    • Ask to take a break in the back of the classroom
    • Use a fidget
    • Take 3 deep breaths
    • Think of positive thoughts (in your head)
    • Self -Talk
  • Have a specific location to keep homework, “To Do” and “Turn In”, for example labeling folder pockets or if a 3 ring binder is used, colored tabs for each section
  • Have extra sharpened  pencils, pens and erasers available in your desk
  • At the end of the day, make sure you have all necessary books, folders and agenda book in your backpack
  • Have backpack packed the night before and make sure papers are in the appropriate sections
  • When you walk into the classroom, check your “Turn In” section for any papers  that need to be turned in

 Homework Tips for Parents/ Guardians

  • Let your child know your expectations and that homework is a priority
  • Develop a homework routine and schedule (a specific time and place)
  •  Create a good work environment (limit distractions, have supplies on hand)
  •  Help with preparation and structure (check agenda and materials, help prioritize, record due dates)
  •  Help student get started (review expectations/rubric, break down longer projects into smaller parts, set goals)
  •  Check in for understanding and work completion (give positive reinforcement, praise efforts, allow for breaks)
  •  Avoid nagging and threatening, use incentives, withhold privileges or enforce consequences until a reasonable amount of homework has been completed
    •  (1st grade 10 minutes, 3rd grade 30 minutes, etc.)
  •  Communicate with teachers

Tips on How to Help your Child with Time Management

Time Awareness

  • Teach your child how to tell time, read calendars and schedules
  • Teach your child how to use his/her agenda and check off completed assignments
  • Work with your child to prioritize assignments, estimate how long each should take, set daily and weekly goals
  • Post a large calendar in a central location and record family events, appointments and activities
  • Complete time awareness activity with child (examine and track all activities and routines during entire 24 hour day)

Long-Term Projects

  • Read the rubric, clarify expectations with the teacher
  • Break assignments down into manageable pieces and set deadlines for completion of each piece
  • Record deadlines (incremental and final) on master calendar and in agenda
  • Review and check off completed pieces with your child
  • Communicate with teacher if you have questions

Extra Time Management Tips

  • Set up a checklist for routines (before and after school, bedtime, etc.) and have child check off when tasks are completed
  • Consider no technology/electronic distractions until work is complete
  • Provide positive reinforcement for completed checklists