By Nancy Stoops
I work with so many young people that have recently started school again. They are all feeling a lot of stress due to the transition from summer to school. The homework is coming at what seems to be a rapid pace. It’s important for these students to take one day at a time and to not overwhelm themselves. Going back to school after summer break has been hard on every generation. It’s important for these students to be well organized with a good notebook and a separate folder for each subject. It’s a good idea for them to have a folder for work and papers that need to come home and another for what needs to be turned in or go back with them. A place for pens and other necessary supplies is essential.
I find so many students really struggle with time management and are starting homework much too late in the evening after they have already been up for ten to twelve hours. It’s ideal for a student to come home and have a good snack and start their homework about thirty minutes after they have arrived home. I think if they can get their homework out of the way they might actually have part of an evening to relax and renew to prepare the right mindset for the next day. It’s hard to a successful anything if one is running on fumes. Another important essential is a designated place to study.
Learning is really a lifelong event and it’s important to help somebody be an effective learner. Being organized, not becoming over whelmed, learning effective time management and having an environment conducive to learning can make a huge difference. As parents it is our job to help our children with these things so they can be successful lifetime learners!
This article was written by Nancy Stoops M.A., M.F.T. Nancy is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has a private practice in Diamond Bar and is currently accepting new clients; she is also a motivational speaker who can inspire your employees or group members. Nancy runs free family support groups, a group on loss for seniors, and groups on how to manage anger. For more information about any of these services feel free to contact her at (909) 229-0727. You may e-mail Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may purchase Nancy’s books Live Heal and Grow and Midnight the Therapy Dog at Amazon.com.