Whether you’re a parent with a child off to school for the first time, a high school student studying for the SATs, or a college student juggling school, work, and family; school success does not have to be a stressful undertaking. The idea is to work smarter, not harder, and here are some ways to do just that.
First, some interesting statistics. Students retain:
- 10% of what they read
- 26% of what they hear
- 30% of what they see
- 50% of what they see and hear
- 70% of what they say AND
- 90% of what they say and do.
Secret #1: Use multi-sensory teaching and learning techniques. Get involved with the subject! Use all of your senses to experience the subject at hand. Visualize, draw, mold clay, talk about it, listen to books-on-tape, practice it, find practical applications of it.
As students get older, they tend to “tune out” their parents, especially when they are being repeatedly reminded to study or do homework. Students who are “self-motivated” achieve greater success.
Secret #2: Set manageable goals; break down the information and the tasks at hand. Look at what makes this subject relevant to you. Where can you relate? Take a small portion that you’re interested in and build on it. Emphasize where your strengths are. Find your own learning style and use it!
With super-busy schedules, both parents and students get stressed out easily. Our desks, and our minds, are cluttered with activity. We all need time and space to let things fall into place as they should.
Secret #3: Invest in time to manage your time and you’ll have more of it! Remember that, even though it seems otherwise, there is a sense of order to the world, and your life is no exception! Spend some time each day organizing, keeping your calendar updated so you know what your priorities are. Schedule in time for meditation and silence to clear your mind. You’ll notice that you can accomplish much more after your mind is given this peaceful time.
Students tend to fall into bad habits. Figure out what those habits are and change them! Plan ahead and think like a successful student. Anticipate questions and then come up with answers.
Secret #4: Prepare for Success! Begin with the end in mind. If you want an “A” then know ahead of time what it takes to get that grade and set about doing that. Affirm what you want and see yourself as successful.
What do you think? 4 Secrets for School Success