Whether your children will be in kindergarten, middle school, high school or college, time management will help them have a successful school year and will teach them valuable skills for the future.
Lynchburg City Schools will hold registration on Tuesday, August 14 from 12:30-7 p.m. The first day of school will be Monday, August 20.
Area county schools will follow similar schedules. although Amherst County is about a week ahead with the first day of school on August 14. Bedford County students will begin on August 20 and Campbell County students will return to school on August 21.
Area colleges will begin classes in August with the first day of classes at Liberty University on August 20. Lynchburg College students will begin classes on August 23 and Randolph College students will have their first day of classes on August 27.
At school registration, parents and students will receive a lot of information including class schedules, assignments, school lunch information, bus schedules and more.
College orientation paperwork is even more intense than what your child has seen in high school and your child will be expected to stay on top of deadlines without your assistance.
Sorting through all of the information received provides a lesson in time management. Using time wisely is often discussed in business circles but it’s just as important in school.
Time management tips for students can help your student have time to participate in sports, band and other activities while remaining focused on the primary goal of school: academic success.
Academictips.org is a website dedicated to providing study tips for high school and college students. Many kids who are successful in elementary school find that it’s more difficult to do well in middle school, high school and college as more activities fill their time.
Students who are involved in high school fall sports and marching band have already begun their school year. This has been the first week of school for many high school students.
Band camp, football practice, cheerleading and other high school activities have filled your teen’s days this week.
Some athletes are already on campus and the rest will soon move into dorms and begin practice at local colleges with new and returning students following closely behind.
Often students who are involved with athletics, band, chorus and other activities have already learned to manage their time.
The steps listed at the Academic Tips website link above include doing a time survey to see where your time is going, determining study time needed for each subject based on class difficulty level, setting up a daily schedule using a planner or agenda book, not being a perfectionist, learning to say no, setting priorities, combining tasks when possible and adjusting your schedule accordingly.
For most students, setting priorities is the most difficult of these tasks. If your student can learn to do this, the rest will be much easier.
One way to teach your children to set up priorities is based on a three category list: things that must be done today, things that must be done this week, and things that must be done this month.
Another way to set up priorities is to list all of the chores and work that must be done and assign each a number by importance level.
Putting chores and tasks on paper is a much better way to organize your work than hoping to keep it all straight in your mind.
Some schools sell organizers and planners at registration. If your child’s school doesn’t, be sure to pick up a planner. If your child has never used a planner, you can help by showing how you keep organized with your own tasks and chores.
If you are a list maker, this will be easy to show. If you tend to hope you remember each task on your ‘to do list,’ you may find that the organization tips at this website will help you too.
Help your kids be successful this school year by helping them stay organized. Setting up priorities will help a lot.