Organising Your Child’s Learning For 2016Wouldn’t it be nice if learning just happened, or that there was no need to be in a particular place at a particular time? If your child is in school surely the school can be trusted to organise everything and make sure your child is hitting the right targets at the right time. In a perfect world yes, but with 1 in 6 parents owning up to doing their child’s homework themselves, in London up to 44% of students having some form of private tuition or extra help, and a 200% rise in exam stress in 2015, it’s clear that we need to be a part of our children’s education, whether we are home educating or just giving some extra help. Firstly, map out your child’s year, do they have exams? Projects due? Periods where they need to have extra help? Mark these on the calendar. For exams plan to start intensive revision 12-16 weeks in advance. Plan out revision from the highest priority exams through to the least important. For projects break them down as best you can and give time to complete each section, remember to build in some leeway and time that allows for extra research or days when they come home and just can’t find the time to get the work done. If you feel they need a tutor when do they need them to come in, will you need the tutor closer to the exams? Make a note of these times in your calendar. The University of Manchester points out that organising your time makes your studying more effective.
- You become more productive.
- The quality of your work improves.
- Because you know what you have done, and what you still have to do, you don't panic about "falling behind", or leaving everything until the last minute.
- You build your confidence as a student, and enjoy the work more.
- You enjoy your leisure time more.
- Work out how much time you have available, and when.
- List the tasks in hand.
- Work out priorities between these tasks. Which are more urgent?
- Make decisions about how long to spend on each task, and set targets for each work
- Organise pieces of work into smaller, less daunting tasks.
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