Well term 1 is well under way for the year!
There is always a ‘start of the year haze’ for students that often lingers until week 4 or 5. It’s a combination of things – the foreign feeling of holding a pen again, the waking up before midday and the odd sensation of having a routine in their day.
It’s a completely normal experience for students to have.
But the danger is that 4 or 5 weeks is enough time to get left behind. School curriculums are so tightly packed that they can miss a huge chunk of content of they aren’t focussed in and in the zone.
Here are 3 ways to ensure that your children are learning and performing at their best:
Replace half an hour of TV/video game time with half an hour of reading time.
I say this all the time, but few things will benefit a child like consistent reading. It is true for students from kindergarten up to year 12. By pulling out a book for 30 minutes a day, students will be activating their creativity, improving their grammar and spelling, and learning to unplug from the electronic world that we are surrounded with.
Whilst you might get some resistance from older students, if they find the right book it won’t be a chore at all.
For the first few weeks, help them get extra sleep.
There is a good chance that their sleeping patterns will be all over the place following school holidays. They were probably enjoying later nights, longer sleep ins and for many who were fortunate enough to go overseas, confronting different time zones.
For the first few weeks of term, give them more sleep than they normally need. This really means they have to go to bed earlier.
It will be tough, but if you get them doing their 30 minutes of reading time before bed it will naturally slow down their bodies rhythms and make falling asleep much easier.
Have someone to keep them focussed and motivated.
The support of a private tutor is second to none when it comes to getting students in the zone. The tutor is not a teacher, an authority figure telling them what to do. Nor are they a parent who they are likely to clash with. They are someone who is there on their side wanting the best for them.
Giving your child the one on one support of a private tutor is the best thing you can do for them. What we do is so much more than just getting better marks – it is total academic mentoring that will allow your child to see their full potential.
If you haven’t already organised a session between your child and their tutor, you can do so by getting in touch or booking your first free session Considering a tutor for your child? We can help! We have amazing tutors ready to go that will help your child grow in confidence, love the learning experience and ultimately realise what they are capable of. Learn more here and book their first lesson online today!