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01/27/2015
If your child is working hard studying but also trying to cram in extracurricular activities, sports, a social life, and even a part-time job, then they may well struggle to keep on top of everything. Today, The Tutoring Center in Orlando would like to offer a few tips and a few things you can teach them to help make sure they manage their time effectively.

Set  a good example

Your child is likely to base a lot of their behavior on the behavior they see you exhibiting (whether they would admit this or not), so make sure you provide a good example. Keeping your life and home organized will provide a good model and a good atmosphere for your child to stay organized too.

Draw up a calendar

Keeping a calendar in a visible place (the kitchen or other communal area) will help your child stay aware of commitments they have coming up, and will help you remember too. Get into the routine of updating it regularly and it will become second nature.

Create a study plan

It’s a good idea to sit down with your child and make a study plan separate from your main calendar. In the plan, you should schedule regular study hours (picking the same time every day is best because it will be much easier to establish a routine) and detail what your child needs to get done and by when. Make sure to include any upcoming tests or projects so your child remembers to shift their focus to them in the preceding weeks.

Break study into blocks

Your child could dedicate their whole life to studying, but if they’re doing it ineffectually it won’t get them anywhere! Breaking study into blocks separated by breaks in which your child can stretch their legs, have a snack, and refresh themselves has been shown to drastically increase productivity. Start with blocks of 40 minutes separated by 10-minute breaks, but change the length of either to suit your child’s needs.

Consider their learning style

Similarly, every child learns in a different way. Learning styles can be roughly divided into visual, auditory, and kinesthetic; observe your child’s studying habits and try to make sure that they’re studying using appropriate tools and methods to fit their learning style.

Prioritize

With the best will in the world, your child may not be able to pack in absolutely every activity they’d like to. If they’re overburdened, sit down with them and discuss which activities they could drop to free up time.

Stay healthy and well-rested

Good sleep and a nutritious diet are vital to keep your child at the top of their game, so make sure to establish a solid sleeping routine, provide nutritious food, and encourage your child to make time for at least one hour of physical activity a day.

If you feel your child could benefit from a little extra help with their time management or study skills, or indeed support with any academic area, don’t hesitate to contact The Tutoring Center. Our Study Skills Enrichment Program is the perfect way to ensure your child is making the most of their time. Call (407) 286-2389 to organize tutoring in Orlando today.

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