With the beginning of a new year, many people resolve to make changes and improvements in their lives.
What better time than now to decide it’s time for your child to succeed in school? We’ve put together a few key steps to becoming a successful student. Now it’s up to you and your child to put these ideas into action!
Getting Organized: The first step in improving your learning skills is to get organized!
- A great strategy is to use visual cues – color code your materials for each subject. For example, with your blue math book, use a blue notebook and blue folder for class. Make a visual chart for getting ready in the morning. Include a list (or pictures for younger students) of all materials they need to take to school (hat, gloves, assignment notebook, homework, etc.).
- Keep an assignment notebook to track all homework and upcoming tests. When you receive an assignment or your teacher tells you when your next test will be, immediately write it down in your assignment book. Keeping all important dates in one place will help you stay on track!
- Use sticky notes to bookmark pages, jot down quick notes or write your important questions. A great reading strategy is to use sticky notes while reading to write down words you are unsure of or to write questions about what is happening in the plot.
Study Skills: Becoming a successful student doesn’t happen overnight, but creating good study habits will get you there fast.
- When taking notes, use colored highlighters for different types of information. For example, use yellow for vocabulary words, green for important dates/events and blue for character information. With organized notes, it’s easier to go back and study them before tests.
- Create a plan for each time you study. Look ahead in your assignment book and plan out when you will complete each item. Give yourself a specific goal to complete during each study session. For example, on Monday you will review vocabulary words, and then on Tuesday, you will review the main concepts of the chapter. Once you have created your goals and your overall study plan, stick to it!
- Create a study nook. Make sure that you have a quiet, well-lit area that allows you to stay focused and awake.
Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center has locations in the Iowa City, IA area and Des Moines, IA area. We provide individual speech-language therapy and tutoring as well as offering small group academic programs. At Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center our passion is to help kids achieve effective communication skills and gain academic success. Contact us for more information on how we can help your child succeed.
740 Community Drive, Unit A
North Liberty, IA 52317
5530 West Pkwy, Suite 300
Johnston, IA 50131