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September 1, 2012

Take steps to ensure student success

Many children and adults look forward to the start of a new school year, (even if some don’t want to admit to it). It is a chance to start fresh with learning, make changes from the previous academic year, if needed, move on to new subjects, open sleek new notebooks, flaunt fall fashions and switch out of the summer routine, no matter how much fun it was.

Books, websites, conversations and school newsletters all offer plenty of advice on keys to education and learning success. Some words of wisdom are consistently present no matter where you turn for guidance. The reason for these repeated recommendations is that they work for just about everybody, even adults. Those who have difficulty getting children (or themselves) to do their homework, whose kids are late for school, procrastinate on assignments, lose books and papers, are sleepy in classes and develop a keen dislike of school are missing out on the amazing opportunities that the education in school offers.

15 Golden Rules for a Good Academic Year

1) Sleep is a consistent topic on all school success lists. As a society we have come to equate ambition, motivation and achievement with those who go to bed late in the night and get up early, but this idea is far from reality. Sleep is necessary for clear thinking, accurate listening, quick reflexes, rational emotions and good health. For young people this is of critical importance.

2) Establishing a school week routine helps eliminate the stress of rushing in the morning, forgotten papers and staying up too late. Betty Ann Post is a parent of middle school and high school children. She advised a family member who has young children just starting at school this year that the kids will need to switch to an entirely new schedule. The late-night summer routine will need to change to much earlier bedtimes. Their days at home with familiar surroundings and family will be replaced by a completely new situation for them, and that can be exhausting. A predictable schedule at home helps to slow the day down.

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