As kids get older, parents naturally take a step back in their involvement in all sorts of ways, particularly when it comes to monitoring school and homework. We expect children to become more independent over time, but what we fail to recognize is that independence is not the same for everyone. Each child has their own rate of growth, and when it comes to academics and study skills, we “expect” our children to automatically know how and what to do to succeed. Unfortunately for many, this is not the case.
Without question, there are several students who know how and what to study, how to approach and succeed on many types of tests, and how to budget their time. The issues in this area stem from the “one size fits all” or “cookie cutter” approach, where the children who don’t have these innate abilities fall by the wayside. They’re keeping their heads just above water, trying to stay afloat, but their approaches are so inefficient they don’t often succeed. These inefficiencies bring about negative thinking, which in turn could lead to poor self-esteem, feelings of not being able to compete/keep up, and in extreme cases, quitting school altogether.
I have worked in the field of education for over 33 years helping thousands of students learn how to achieve. I have provided countless individualized study strategies, time management, organization, and other executive functioning skills to children and college-aged students so they too can keep up and excel. This video is one of a series to help students learn how to take control of their school success and spend less time worrying about what they can’t do. Additionally, there’s a compatible checklist that accompanies the video to help keep track of the main points discussed.