As many students are beginning their high school journey, parents are wondering what they can do to help their child reach their full potential. Here are four easy ways to help prep your child for success:
Help Them to Learn Time Management
One of the most challenging aspects of high school for many students is the time management needed to be successful. Student Tutor recommends, “map out your week, fill in the time for school, extracurriculars, work, and anything else, you can then see how little time you have to do your schoolwork, which can help motivate you to do it on time.” Especially for student-athletes or those involved with club activities, learning to effectively manage their time is a critical key to success. Instilling good organizational skills can pay big dividends down the road for your child.
Teach GPA Maintenance
Students need to learn the basics of how the grading system and GPA works. GPA Calculator explains that “it is much easier to maintain a high GPA than to recover one that has tanked.” Get out paper, a pencil, and do the math for them. Demonstrate to your teen using hard numbers how difficult it is to dig out of a hole if they do not stay on top of their grades. Once they see this on paper, they will be more motivated to put more effort into maintaining good grades.
Send Them Ready to Learn
Although now is the time to enforce ownership of personal responsibility, it is still your job as a parent to ensure that your teen is getting the proper amount of sleep. Psych Central emphasizes, “parents need to help teens create a bedtime schedule. Try not to watch TV, use computers, or smartphones before bed. Promote good sleep hygiene by not doing those things and setting a good example.” Arriving at school rested will help a student to remain focused and alert. Teenagers who make it a priority to eat a healthy breakfast will do better in school than those who skip this important meal. Sending along portable snacks with your child can also help to get them through the day with ample energy.
Be Aware of Their Struggles
You can’t help you child if you don’t know what their struggles are, so keeping up on both the good and bad is important and will inform how you can help your child. There are plenty of things that can cause trouble for high school students. Your child may not enjoy their classes, or they may be dealing with bullying. They could also struggle with a class that is disorganized of that they feel is a waste of time. As Connections Online High School points out, up to 50 percent of a school day can be wasted on non-instructional activities, which can leave your student frustrated or bored. If they are struggling with a subject, this just contributes to more problems. If you are aware of these struggles, you are more able to help your child deal with these struggles.
As a parent, one of the most important things that you can do to help your child be successful in high school is to be engaged both with the school and with your student. Volunteering at the school is an ideal way to get to know the administration and the teachers. This involvement will help you to greater understand what is expected of your teen and how you can help. Being intentional about asking your student about their day, offering to help with homework, and getting to know their friend group are all easy ways that you can remain involved and set your child up for a successful academic career.
With a little preparation and guidance, you can help your teen to make the most of their high school experience and meet all of their goals.