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Did You Set Your Academic Goals for 2017?

Jan 02,2017 | Posted in Academic Goals, Focus, Organization, Study Skills, Study Tips by Yolanda Fontanez-Coleman

Happy New Year! Have you set your New Year’s academic resolutions? If not, we are here to help you set your academic goals!  January is a great time to reassess and reestablish your school goals. Setting goals is the key to success. Why is goal setting so important? The mere act of goal setting will reenergize your child’s focus, keep them motivated and help them push through their limits and attain success. Are you ready to create academic success with your child?

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5 Goals For Academic Success: 

1. Homework Goals: Homework time can be super stressful in many households. However, with these 3 simple goals you can have a stress-free homework time:

*Commit to giving 100% during homework time.

*Attempt doing your work independently before seeking help. Once you have tried 3x times independently then you can seek help from your parent or peer.

* Do your homework right when you come home from school. This will foster independence and will help build your confidence.

2. Study Goals: Create a successful study goal plan with these few tips.  Commit to studying a little each day. Be sure to practice skills daily. This approach will minimize stress and give you a strong foundation for success.   Diversify the way you study by incorporating a variety of study methods. Utilize flash cards, integrate computer games, work with a study partner, or record yourself stating some facts. Using a variety of study tools will keep you engaged, and focused and create ultimate school success.

3. Mindset Goals: Create success with a positive mindset. When you encounter difficulties in school, stay positive and ask for help. Don’t be embarrassed to ask the teacher for help!  Mantras can help. When you get frustrated, repeat a positive mantra to yourself, “I can do this” or “I will get through this.” Having a positive mindset will build perseverance and build your confidence.

4. Time Management Goals: Creating a time management plan will help in many areas of school.  Use a calendar at home and write down all important school tests, projects and other due dates. Include your extra curricular sports and activities on this calendar. It is important to see ALL of your obligations.  Write down estimated and actual time it takes to do a homework assignment or task. Keep a log of the amount of time it takes you to do your work. This time management record keeping encourages students to plan ahead and think realistically about efficient time management.

5. Down Time Goals: Incorporate downtime everyday.  Down time is important for a student’s overall well-being. It allows students to take a “brain break” during the day. This down time will reenergize and give your child clarity to focus on his school work.  Incorporate this “down time” on the home calendar. This will give your child something to look forward to!

Setting goals together with your children will make the goals for more meaningful and therefore more successful. Make sure to focus on areas that will be the most beneficial for your children. Not all goals will work for all your children. Find the goals that work best for them and keep to it. Will you set goals with your children this January? What are your academic goals for 2017?

Would you benefit from of our study skills program this year? Our study skills program will help with goal setting, planning, time management and overall effective study skills. Contact our office for more information, 215-657-1981

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