Now that the honeymoon of back to school has ended, you’re likely shuttling your children between school, practices, games, performances, and meetings. Keeping up with the pace of high school can be overwhelming—especially if you have multiple children! Let’s talk about 5 ways you can set your kids up for success this academic year, and beyond.
1. Get organized!
This seems obvious, but it’s likely something your child’s teachers AREN’T teaching them. I’d encourage your kids to use an actual planner, and add in exams, tests, projects, and major extracurricular events (vocal performance, rival sports game, etc.) to their calendar and then help them plan backwards so that they have enough time for each activity. It can be hard to build this happen, but it will pay off in spades when they’re in college. If they’ve had 4 years of practice organizing their time and balancing academic//extracurricular activities they’ll come into college ahead of a large chunk of their peers.
2. Block off time out of class//school//practice to study.
This also seems obvious, but seeing exactly what’s coming your way makes it easier to accept//decline other invitations. It’s easy to plan to review your math notes every night, but it’s more fun to watch another episode of your current favorite show on Netflix. If you have the time blocked off in your calendar to review your math notes, it’s more likely to happen.
3. Get enough sleep.
It’s hard to listen and learn when you’re tired. It’s hard to study when you’re tired. Getting enough sleep is essential to being successful in school.
4. Eliminate distractions//create study cycles.
Studying is essential, but it’s not always fun. It can be hard to focus on your chemistry test when you’re constantly getting Snap Chat or Instagram alerts, and it’s hard to be productive when your focus is constantly broken. You get more bang for your buck if you take cyclical breaks; you can use something as formal as the Pomodoro Technique (https://cirillocompany.de/pages/pomodoro-technique), or as casual as setting a timer for 30-40 minutes and studying for that entire time, and then taking the break of your choice—5 minutes of social media, a quick walk, reading a news article, etc.
5. Maintain your health.
Admittedly, for many, this is the first thing that slides when we feel busy and//or overwhelmed, but creating healthy habits in high school can pay dividends in college. Working out can improve your focus.