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The End is Near But Not Yet Here: How to Finish the School Year Strong

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Springtime is like no other time of year.  The warm weather and seemingly longer days beckon us outdoors  and the temptation to slack off on school work may be overwhelming with the end of the school year finally in sight.  If you detect a bit of this particular strain of spring fever in your student  keep in mind that, for them, finishing the school year strong is vital.

A strong finish will make them a better student overall as well as instill the important life lesson that achieving goals  brings a special kind of  satisfaction.

Here are a few suggestions that you can do to alleviate spring fever and help students stay encouraged and energized through the end of the school year.

  1. Continue to help them stay organized.
  2. Support healthy eating and sleeping habits to maintain their energy and stamina.  
  3. Encourage them to stay engaged with school work as well as school activities in a balanced way. 
  4.  Tell them how proud you are of them for all the hard work they did to get to this point. 
  5. Reinforce the importance of not quitting before the job is finished – as it may lead to regrets later.   

Keep your motivational intentions cheerful but consistent. Your goal is to help your student keep their school performance on par with the work they did during the rest of the year. Remember, a well deserved summer break is just around the corner.  Help your student stay focused and engaged and soon you both can  look back with a great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction!


Back To School Homework Plan

homeworkTaking a proactive approach to student success is what Greenwood School is all about.  We want to help you, as parents, to give your student every opportunity to succeed in school.  As  we begin this new school year keep in mind that research shows that students who  have help at home do better academically.  One thing that you can do to ensure a successful transition back to school is to develop a consistent homework routine.  A quick review of Greenwood’s Homework Policy shows that you can expect to spend 10 minutes of homework per grade to include 15 minutes of reading.  For example, a 6th grader can expect to spend 45  minutes on homework assignments plus 15 minutes on reading.  

For a realistic and easy to implement homework plan we refer to  Dr. Kenny Handelman’s book  Attention Difference Disorder:  How to Turn Your ADHD Child or Teen’s Differences into Strengths in 7 Simple Steps.  Dr. Handelman suggests  designating a daily time to start and complete homework.  Some kids work best in the afternoon, following a snack and play period while others may prefer to wait until after dinner. Find the time that works for you and your student and stick to it.  

At the designated time review assignments with your student to create a plan for the work to be completed and then get out a timer. Dr. Handelman recommends using a  timer as it  helps those with ADHD and time issues to visualize deadlines. Breaking the homework assignments down into manageable chunks is another useful strategy.  Once you have a plan to complete the homework be a monitor as well as a motivator. Give encouragement, check completed homework, and make yourself available for questions and concerns. Once homework is completed take an extra minute to ensure that your child’s backpack is properly packed and ready to go for the next day to avoid the early morning “get out the door” drama.   

Establishing and maintaining a consistent routine will help your student to develop good study habits and contributes to your child’s school and ultimately life success.  For other tips and strategies to help students with ADHD succeed see Dr. Handelman’s book, Attention Difference Disorder:  How to Turn Your ADHD Child or Teen’s Differences into Strengths in 7 Simple Steps.  It is available for parent checkout from the professional collection at the Greenwood School Library.

Study Tips for Exams

how to prepare for examsGreenwood School exams begin on Monday May 16 and run through Tuesday May 24. Below are some tips to help you to do your best and ace that test.  Remember that doing a good job on exams will ensure a successful conclusion to the 2015-2016 school year.  


What You Need To Know

Find out whatever you can about the type of exam being given. For example, is it multiple choice, short answer, essay question or some combination of all three?  Knowing this will direct how to best study for specific exams. Now is also the time to clarify what material the exam will cover. Don’t waste time studying things that are not being tested.  Finally, don’t wait until the day before the exam to ask these important questions.  


Schedule Study Time

Start now and do a little of each subject every day.  That way you won’t find yourself cramming the night before the exam. The most effective study strategy is to learn chunks of information piece by piece.  Do this each day and you will have an easier time remembering the material.


Carve Out Your Study Space Zone

Create a designated study space that’s comfortable.  Remove any distractions especially social media (a major time waster). Beeps and alerts  will only divert your attention from the task at hand. When your are in your study space zone make that time count!


Stay Healthy

Look after your health and your exam prep will go smoother. Nobody can work on an empty stomach or when they’re dead tired. Keep your study sessions productive by drinking lots of water, eating healthy snacks and getting a good nights sleep. Avoid excess caffeine such as coke, coffee and energy drinks which will only give you the jitters.  


Stay Calm

If you find yourself getting overwhelmed or stressed lay down and practice deep breathing for a few minutes until the calm returns. Keep boredom at bay by taking short breaks that include some physical activity such as a short brisk walk or even 10 jumping jacks.


Reward Yourself

Most study experts would suggest rewarding yourself after all that hard work. In this case there’s no need for a specific reward as the long summer vacation is just days away, and what could be better than that?   

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