Academic Support Check-List

 

Academic Support Check-List; How to support your child through increased academic demands


Provide the time and place!

  • Create a time and place to study every day, especially on days when the student has extra activities.  Honor the work the student needs to do. Help your child find the times of day that his/her efforts will be most effective.

  • Help your child develop a system to keep track of important papers.

  • Make sure your child has - and uses- a planner to keep track of assignments.

  • Help your child break big projects into smaller ones.

  • Help them wrap their brains around the over-lying expectations of multiple teachers! Student's can easily be overcome by the  feeling of too much to do .  Help them by developing a plan and assist them in recognizing that their to-do list is do-able.

  • Remember to schedule time for do-nothing time. Students this age need time to re-charge their batteries as they sort through all the day's signals.

  • Manage their time and attention by turning off the cell phone, the family TV, the iPod, the Internet, the siblings.

 

Does your child know how to ‘study'?

  • Sometimes we just have to memorize. Repetition.

  • Help your child create review sheets that they can carry with them. Make the most of time during those down times between scheduled events of the day.

  • Look for other sources of support, including study groups.

  • Questions you might ask as the student gets ready to study: What are the objectives your teacher is evaluating you on? Do you have them written down? Can I see them? What information do you have on these objectives? What resources do you have? Do you have notes or homework from the past week we can look at? What do you need to get to help you prepare? How can I help you get this information?


Support organization.

  • Check the student's planner daily if necessary and provide rewards and/or consequences (designed with the child) for recording  assignments as expected. Contact your child's advisor for support services if you feel your child needs more feedback than the standard 6 times per year. Some students do require weekly monitoring in order to complete their assignments.  Through this program we will work to help your child develop learning independence.


Facilitate communication.

  • Have a conversation with the teacher if the work seems too difficult for your child or the workload is too great. Your teacher is flexible and willing to work with the individual learner.

  • Encourage your child to communicate with the teacher.  Help them begin the conversation with their teacher.  Email the teacher letting them know your child would like to meet with them and expect an email from the teacher after the conversation has taken place.


Sample questions for the student to write down when preparing to meet with the teacher;

  • I feel frustrated because ....

  • Can you tell me what I could be doing differently?

  • You could help me by ....

  • I am _________(surprised, disappointed, uncertain, etc.) by the grade I received on.....


Schedule a parent conference with the teacher  if the student-teacher conference left questions unanswered or concerns unaddressed.


Re-enforce grades in a healthy way. Be realistic and help the student learn from mistakes. Help them feel empowered when they get a grade they are not satisfied with. Sometimes a less-than-stellar grade is a valuable and safe learning experience in middle school.  There can be unforeseen consequences  in working to avoid undesirable grades rather than  allowing  the student  to receive and learn from  the grade they have earned.