An Organized Student is a More Successful Student
Give the students in your home every advantage by working with them to develop excellent organizational skills.
Organize Time and School Work
Help your student(s) develop a plan to organize their time. Most students will receive an agenda book. Hold your student(s) accountable to using it. Help them develop good habits. It takes approximately 21 days of constant repetition to form a new habit. Offer them grace, as you encourage them in forming this new habit. It will help them succeed as a student and they will learn valuable lessons of time management for the future.
Teach them organizing skills as you work with them to set aside specific places in their binder, notebook, or folders for homework, current work, and completed work. Many teachers will share their suggestions for organization with you and your students. Take advantage of their wisdom and experience. Finally, consider creating a file box at home to store completed work, filed by subject. When their binder or folders begin to bulge, they will have an easy and convenient place to file their work away, while still having quick access to it for future needs.
Organize a Study Area
Create an area in your home specifically for doing homework. This area should be will lit and quiet, with a work area and a supportive chair. It is also helpful to have storage for basic study helps and school supplies. This is the perfect time to inventory all your school and office supplies while reorganizing the area for ease of use. This is an easy process, which includes a few simple steps:
- Think through how you want your space to look and function
- Empty out any drawers, cabinets, bins or files that are storing office and/or school supplies
- Group like things together. Create sub categories such as; Art Supplies, Paper Supplies, Pens and Pencils, Notebooks and Binders, Office Supplies etc.
- Toss or donate any damages or obsolete supplies
- Return the “keep” pile to the space and think through what, if any, storage accessories or containers you many need
- Finally, store often used supplies close at hand, while utilizing harder to reach space for seldom used supplies
Happy (and Organized) School Days!
Be sure to check out all of the articles in the Organized for Student Success Series; Part 1: Saving on Supplies, Part 2: The College Years, Part 3: The Traveling Student, Part 5: Organize Their Space, and Part 6: Organize Their School Memories.