Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Five Key Skills for Academic Success
"It's never too early or too late to help your child develop the skills for academic success. Learn how to build these skills and stay on track all year long.
It takes a combination of skills: organization, time management, prioritization, concentration and motivation, to achieve academic success. Here are some tips to help get your child on the right track.
Talk to your child. To find out which of these skills your child has and which he can develop further, start a simple conversation that focuses on his goals. Ask him about his favorite subjects, classes he dreads and whether he's satisfied with his latest progress report.
Listen for clues. Incorporate your own observations with your child's self-assessment. Is your child overwhelmed by assignments? He may have trouble organizing time. Does your child have difficulty completing his work? He may get distracted too easily. Is your child simply not interested in school? He may need help getting motivated.
Identify problem areas. Start with this article (see LINK above) to help your child identify which of the five skill areas are trouble spots."