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Parent’s Top 5 Tips for Student Success

It comes as no surprise that a student’s success or failure— often stems from the home. Good communication, consistent routines, and healthy habits support students are they navigate the worlds between home and school.

Modeling Healthy Habits

Set a reasonable bedtime. Sleep is a vital component to the success of your child at school. Healthy behaviors such as eating breakfast and having a nutritious lunch build toward these habits. Just as we set positive habits, we need to cut back on the less productive ones, such as minimizing screen time and encouraging other activities instead.

One Place

Just like a frog from a lily pad, we all need a launching station. Have the kids put their belongings in the same place when returning home. Organize the area with hooks and cubbies, this will also cut down on the searching for possessions in the morning.
When returning from school, each child should have a special place to study that meets her needs. It’s helpful to make a study caddy. You can get a little caddy from the dollar store and fill it with school supplies your child may need. This gives your child comfort in knowing that she has what she needs to complete assignments and is mobile in case the study location changes.


Read, Read, Read!

Reading is the gateway to all kinds of learning and continuing to develop and advance literacy throughout a child’s school years is vital. Model reading on your own, read with your child and listen to your child read 

Creating a lifelong learner

Always look for opportunities to make real life experiences a learning one too! Why is this the way it is? How did it come to be? For example, when driving home from a family trip, your son points out his favorite sports car. Look at those shiny rims! Ok, let’s think about this, if the diameter of the tire is 16 inches, let’s find the tire’s circumference and area. How would we do that? How would the rim play a part in this?

Expect Success

Set expectations, be clear, and support your child with a consistent and loving home. Emphasize to your child that she is more than capable of attaining her goals with persistence and discipline. Make sure to encourage her and reach out for educational support as you need it.

Time Management — Beginning Tips For Students


When considering where and how to spend your time as a student, you have to look at the type of tasks you are involved in on a daily basis. We would designate these as passive or active tasks. Our objective is to increase your knowledge, study time and GPA. In doing so, you want to optimize your time and make sure you are spending your time wisely, and is doing so, you want to make sure you are pursuing active tasks. Time management is key to student success.

A color coded system can help you initially see how you are spending your time. Consider the the level of productivity of a given task ,a red task would be a less productive task, whereas green would be a task aimed toward achieving academic success. A yellow task is one that you may want to keep, and could be refined into a green task.

So what’s an active task? Studying for a test, reading material, doing research, and making notes could be some examples. Passive tasks, well, I think you know about those.

At the end of the day or week, you would evaluate your productivity and see how you could have done things differently. This is not to say, you should have a planner full of active tasks, you will have down time and this is important to live a balanced life. Initially though, when you are considering how you are spending your time, color coding your tasks and evaluating the nature of your task will be helpful in understanding what adjustments need to be made to make the most of your time!

One last note, if you don’t want to use your planner you can always use a journal instead. You can journal your activities in bulleted form throughout the day and estimate the time you spent on each activity. Then at the end of the day, use a highlighter to go through the same process.