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Organization for Students Leads to Success
Parents are always looking for every advantage to help their children get ahead in their academics. Many times the best solution is to be more organized. This can be a challenge with a young child and even with teenagers. The best idea is to start getting them used to organization as early as possible. A good way to do this is by using folders, schedulers and plans of action.
The folders your child uses should be one for every subject. You should check in periodically to make sure your child is putting only relevant information in the folder. This will include homework, study sheets, assignments, syllabus and anything else which is current and related to the subject. By keeping everything for one subject in the same place it makes it easier to find everything.
The scheduler is something many children are reluctant to use. You will really need to stay on top of them at first. The idea is to get them to write down all assignments, due dates and important information in the scheduler. This will serve to give every child a central resource for all subjects. They can use the scheduler to stay on task with everything they need to do every day.
One key to good organization is making sure you have a plan. This will not only identify what the goals are, but a clear cut plan to start attacking the goal head on. By having your child create plans of action for academics, it can lead to using the behavior in other areas of their life as well. This can be followed up by evaluating the plan of action after the goal has been reached to see how well it was followed and what changes might be made for the next time.
Remember, the more organized your child is now the more successful they will be in the future. You are not only supplying your child with the tools to great learning. You are giving your child the tools to be successful in life. They will thank you for the organizational skills you have instilled upon them when they are heading an office rather than working in it.