Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Starting the School Year off Right - Part #1

Get organized!

Make sure your student has a space where they can work that is free from distractions and has all the supplies they need for school (pens, pencils, notebooks, folders, ruler, calculator, index cards, etc.). Buy them a planner (if their school does not provide them with one) so they can keep track of tests, quizzes and due dates for projects and reports. An investment in a plastic filing system with hanging folders is a great way to help them get organized. We advise students to set up a filing system for each academic subject. Create a folder for each subject and set aside a time each week to file papers, including: handouts, tests, quizzes, etc. Students should never throw out tests and quizzes; these are valuable tools to help them study for mid terms and finals. Very often when a student is doing poorly and they come to us for help, we ask to see past tests and quizzes so we can see where they are having difficulty. Many students do not have these materials, as they threw them away. Valuable information has been lost. Having a filing system will also help them easily locate important papers and keep them from having to lug everything around in those heavy backpacks. Being well organized is the first step towards getting good grades.

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