Getting Back on Track After the Holidays
How Not to Lose Momentum
The holidays are such a wonderful time of festivities, sleeping in, no school work, and spending time engaging in fun activities outside of school. Now that we are officially back in school and heading into the downward slope of the school year, it’s important to not lose sight of the goals that you and your host student set at the beginning of the school year. Read our quick tips guide for ideas on how to support your student and help him/her finish out the school year strong and at the top of his/her academic game!
Staying on Track
Revisit the Goals You and Your Host Student Wrote at the Start of the School Year
- Make adjustments as needed to ensure they are still purposeful
- Add new goals if you or your student feel there is a new area of focus
- Plan to check-in on a bi-weekly or monthly basis to stay on track
- Remember, an active goal is a successful goal!
Discuss Your Student’s Study Space
- Is it a good place to focus and study? If not, consider changing locations
- Are you in school too? Maybe sit at the kitchen table together to complete assignments
- Does your student get sufficient support on his/her homework and projects?
- Students who feel supported have parents who are actively involved in all areas of their education
- Are there sufficient supplies and resources for your student to be academically successful?
- Replenish what’s low, replace what’s missing
Are All Those After School Activities Necessary?
- What activities is your student enrolled in? Are they purposeful and supporting his/her academic, social, and emotional needs?
- If not, consider revamping them
- Is tutoring needed?
- How is your student doing in his/her classes?
- Is there a need for a tutor to help support school work?
While there are several ways to keep the momentum flowing, these quick tips offer a few that directly support your students’ overall academic and social needs. Feel free to brainstorm with your student on any other areas that you both feel are necessary to revisit to ensure a strong finish to this academic year!