Ways to eliminate student scheduling nightmares

Posted on Thursday, 3/21/2013 10:00 am

The further students get in their academic careers, the more responsibilities they will take on. For instance, middle schoolers may participate in an after-school sport after a full day of classes, while high school juniors could be juggling homework and a part-time job, while also searching for the right college. With so much going on in kids' lives, there may be times when preparing for a test or completing assignments could prove challenging.

Fortunately, there are ways for parents and teachers to help students resolve their scheduling problems once and for all. If balancing multiple responsibilities is becoming a challenge, here are a few things kids at different grade levels should try:

Elementary school - trouble focusing
There will be school nights when children want to do everything but their homework. To resolve this problem, parents should show their kids that they can still watch television or play outside for a while - they just need to become more organized.

Scholastic suggests parents help children keep track of important dates using a portable calendar or date book. This will provide them with a way to remember crucial dates, whether a major test or the premiere of a school play, as they learn about them. Using this information, parents can help their kids plan their nights so that essential assignments get done on time.

Middle school - balancing responsibilities
When students reach middle school, the classes they take, as well as their academic responsibilities, will become more diverse. Every day, kids will have to make sure they are bringing the appropriate materials to school, from art supplies to a foreign language dictionary.

One way teachers can help students stay organized is to use Software Answers' online GradeBook. Instructors from various classes can enter everything from grades to assignment details into GradeBook so parents can access it online at any time. With this information, parents can stay abreast of what is expected of their children and help them get organized.

For example, is parents log into this faculty software and see that their children must complete a research paper by the end of the week, they can lend a hand and make sure their kids are not waiting until the last minute to start working on it.

High school - managing the college search
As the college admissions process is more challenging than ever, high school students need to make sure they begin their search for the right institution early and not wait until the last minute. To help ensure a successful admissions process, parents and teachers should help their kids create a college planning calendar that will allow them to stay on top of important deadlines.

While college calendars can begin earlier than senior year, Mapping Your Future offers one focused entirely on students' senior year. If individuals follow this calendar, they would visit college campuses in August, take the SAT or ACT in October and fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, in January.

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