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Organize Assignments Right Away:

 

·        Write down assignments – Clearly record each assignment and when it is due in assignment book.  A calendar can be used for planning big projects.

·        Use post-it notes - Your child can attach them to books he needs for homework.  At the end of the day, everything with a post-it note goes home.

·        File papers – Divide a binder into sections for each subject.  Include an area for finished and unfinished assignments.  Use a filing system at home for saving homework, handouts, and tests.

·        Make “to do” lists – Each day, your child should have a list of tasks to complete during study time.  Crossing them off will help him stay organized and feel a sense of accomplishment.

·        Put books or bookbag by the door – If your child’s schoolwork is organized and by the front door each morning, he’ll avoid searching for it - or forgetting it altogether.

 

Set up a study spot:

 

·        Well lit – Ask your child to select a favorite well-lit study spot.

·        Quiet – Hang a “Do not disturb” sign.  This means no interruptions.

·        Comfortable – Make sure your child is comfortable.  Some children like to study at a table, while others like to sprawl out on the floor.

·        Neat – It is hard to study in the middle of a mess.  Shelves, files, and desk organizers can make a big difference.

·        Stocked – Make sure your child has all the supplies he needs, such as pencils, paper, a dictionary, etc.  This reduces disruptions and preparation time.

·        Attractive – Let your child make his study area pleasant for him. 

 

 

TIP:  Encourage your child to study in the same place at the same time each evening.  Children will become conditioned to this routine.
 
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