That can sometimes drive you
crazy, as when they always forget to hang up their coat. But habits can also be positive—and teens who establish these habits now will have a more successful school year.
1. Keep a calendar. Teens’ brains are filled with so many things—friends’ phone numbers, the lyrics to a song—that they don’t always remember when assignments are due. Buy your teen a pocket-sized calendar. Encourage him to write down every assignment every day.
2. Establish a regular study time. Even when your teen has no assignment due, it’s important to study each day. Reviewing notes or reading ahead will make the next day’s classes easier.
3. Spend 10 minutes at night getting ready for the next day.
4. Take time to try something new. High school may be the last time your teen can try out for the play or make the team. Help her broaden her horizons. If she thinks of herself only as an athlete, encourage her to try debate.
5. Help your teen set long-term goals. That geometry class is more bearable if your teen knows it’s required for college admission.
Not buying a CD now won’t seem so bad if your teen remembers the money is going toward college tuition. Teens who have long-term goals do better in school and generally reach their goals.
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