4 ways to make sure your student has a great first semester

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — School will be back in session before you know it. As such, is important to make sure your child gets off to a good start because this could have impact over their entire academic year. Knowing how to start strong can make the difference between a mediocre and great first semester.

To support your child, Successful Study Skills 4 Students recommends four ways you can make sure your student has a great first semester. Joining us Sunday on Good Morning Connecticut, is Michelle Sagalyn the CEO and Founder of Successful Study Skills 4 Students sharing 4 ways to make sure your student has a great first semester.

  1. Set Goals
  • Sit down with your child and talk about their goals for the semester.
  • You might be surprised at how seriously they take the challenge.
  • The goal doesn’t have to be big either – much can be accomplished with little steps, which supports the bigger mission of giving your child confidence with the sense of accomplish that come from achieving the goal.
    • For example, the goal might be to finish and hand-in all homework on time, use a planner or calendar for all assignments, and take notes on all test book readings.
  • Setting realistic goals will motivate your child to do well because they’ll have something concrete to shoot for. 
  1. Get Into A Good Studying Routine
  • Make a plan to establish a daily study routine.
    • For example, it may be deciding to get into the habit of studying classroom notes each night, or putting each new assignment into your planner on the day it is assigned, or doing your homework the moment you get home from school.
  • Getting into a study routine will provide you with a rhythm and a structure that will make studying easier.
  • Knowing what you can expect of yourself each day helps you focus and work with crispness.
  1. Learn And Practice Good Study Skills
  • Learning study skills and applying them correctly are critical to success as a student:
    • Note taking notes when reading and listening
    • Understand the difference between high level ideas and supporting details
    • Plan, organize and manage time
    • Study and prepare for class and tests
    • Understanding and retention
  1. Make Sure You Student Knows How To Manage Time
  • More than ever, it is vital that students know what work is due, when a test is scheduled, and what extracurricular activities might be planned.
  • Invest in a planner, whether paper or electronic.
  • All assignments should be written down, from those that are due tomorrow, the day after that, and those due into next week.
  • Check it daily, and get into a daily habit of reviewing it at the same time every day – maybe while you’re having a snack when you get home from school.

Your child can have a great semester with the right support and motivation. Every child wants to succeed; they just need the tools, skills, and determination to achieve their goals.

What kind of results can students expect after they learn how to study?

  • Better grades
  • Better engagement
  • Better prepared for classes, tests, projects
  • Increased focus and motivation
  • Increased independence
  • Increased confidence
  • Reduced anxiety and stress

What kind of student benefits from study skills?

All types of students:

  • Skills for school tools for life
  • Any student that wants to do well in school will benefit
  • Already motivated, high performing students
  • Spending too much, or too little, time on homework
  • Unsure of how to study
  • Transitioning to middle or high school
  • Getting inconsistent grades
  • Not performing to their potential
  • Disorganized, distracted, and procrastinates
  • Ineffective, inefficient in their study practice
  • Doing better on tests

Do you offer any resources for parents to help their student transition to the next level, and if so how do they get it?

Successful Study Skills 4 Students if offering original free ebooks:

  • How to Transition Your Student to Middle School
  • How to Transition Your Student to High School
  • Back-to-school workshops are still open this coming week and the next in New Haven and Fairfield Counties

How was Successful Study Skills 4 Students started?

  • Organization was founded when it became apparent that my own two children, straight A students prior to transitioning to 6th and 9th grade, didn’t know how to study.
  • Working with a team of highly committed, passionate and dedicated teachers, we created the evidence-based S4 Study Skills program 5 years ago.
  • We have since worked with almost 3,000 area students.
  • Public, independent, and parochial, typically host of as an afterschool program exclusively for their students

About Successful Study Skills 4 Students

Successful Study Skills 4 Students, (S4), provides students with the tools, strategies, and study skills needed to build successful academic careers. By teaching logical, easy-to-implement study skills, S4 helps students establish and build habits for a foundation for learning and academic success. Almost 3,000 students have participated in S4’s evidence-based workshops in Connecticut and New York.

For more information: visit www.S4StudySkills.com or call 203-418-2003.

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