Back to School Tips

Summer is quickly coming to an end and that means the school routine will begin soon. Try these 11 tips to help your student establish routines for a successful school year!
School is set to begin this month! Make sure you're ready!
By Jim Fannin, Huffington Post
1. Reset Sleep Patterns
Seven to ten days prior to the first day of school start the process of regular sleep. Wean the student off of going to bed late and sleeping late.

2. Reset Eating Habits
Once school begins the eating patterns of the student need to be set so that they can maintain a high level of energy throughout the day. The routines of breakfast, snack, lunch, snack and after-school snack prior to homework need to be implemented.

3. Exercise the Brain
Begin now to encourage reading and writing at least 7-10 days prior to the first day of school. If school textbooks for the upcoming year are available, start there with the first several chapters.

4. Set Academic Goals
 Establishing well-defined goals is one of the hallmarks of a champion. Set goals for each class and hold your student accountable.

5. Identify Priorities
Football games, dances, playing video games, watching television, social media, homework, sports, extracurricular participation and friends are all part of each school year. Does academics top the list of priorities?

6. Social Media
As a student or guide to a student, you need to know three things about social media. What is my responsibility? What is my authority? And lastly, what will I be held accountable for? Monitor this activity.

7. Risk and Reward
This subject needs to be addressed frequently with your student. Every thing they do or don’t do has a positive or negative consequence. What is the risk of doing this activity? What is the reward (or consequence) of doing this activity?

8. Ask Questions
In order to turn your student into a viable and responsible decision-maker ask questions. Great questions will eventually produce great answers and ultimately great actions.

9. The Peer Group
Birds of a feather flock together. Interview, research and keep tabs on ALL of your student’s friends during the school year. This definitely includes monitoring ALL social media.

10. Get Ready Mom and Dad
Make your student an integral part of the family. Keep them in the loop of all upcoming activities. Make the family name a brand each family member is proud to showcase in the community.

11. Allow for Freedom of Choice
Allow your student the time in their busy schedule to hang out with friends. Just be moderate. Grades first.