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September 1, 2012

Take steps to ensure student success

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7) High school senior Miquela Hanselman offered great advice that has played a part in her scholastic success that also relates to time management. Hanselman explained that getting in the routine at the beginning of the school year of showing up on time and making it to all classes on time is important. She added that, in her experience, teachers are there to help, but students need to do their assignments, follow directions and seek them out for help if needed.

8) Reading always finds its way onto any lists that relate to doing well in school, and the sooner children develop a love of books, the easier most school classes become. Catherine Dixon is a college student studying to become a teacher, and she recommends that children are encouraged to read for pleasure. Reading opens the doors of imagination, experiences, situations and possibilities along with helping readers with learning to form opinions and make comparisons while improving vocabulary and grammar.

9) Norton-White addressed an all-encompassing issue in regards to positive academic experiences. She spoke about a holistic approach to learning that involves balance in all aspects of life and perhaps the pivotal key to all this is family. Family time for conversation about what has gone on during the day for all members during dinner is ideal but not always possible. If not dinner time, story time, at breakfast or doing chores, as close to daily as possible make a time where parents can hear about classes, friends, school activities and any worries. These interactions create an atmosphere of familiarity and understanding within the family that school is important.

10) Food and exercise for health and focus are other aspects of academic success with scientific studies to back it up. It is also part of the holistic balance that Norton-White referred to where family, healthy habits, time management and the school community contribute to a student’s positive school experiences. Everyone has heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it really is true, for energy and attention. Pat has observed that material pressures often outweigh school pressures, especially as the year starts. Fall fashions, the latest shoes and new accessories can take center stage instead of focusing on the excitement of new subjects and learning. Make learning the priority in your home.

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