Our Commitment to Student Success

At Calibre Academy, we want to set our students up for success! It should come as no surprise that success at school starts at home. Studies have linked poor academic performance to factors such as a lack of sleep, poor nutrition, obesity, lack of parental support, and more. The good news is that those same studies also show higher test scores for students who live in homes where healthy habits, regular routines, and good communication exist. Working smarter through the use of specific success strategies can have a profound influence on learning outcomes.

Tips for Students

  • Come up with a study plan – Which study strategies have worked for you in the past? Which have not? How do you want to study for a particular course? Ask your teacher for feedback on your plan.
  • Prepare for class – take a look at material to be covered ahead of time!
  • Be engaged during class – Participate… not necessarily by raising your hand, but by staying awake, taking good notes, thinking through the material being presented, and making a note of material that’s confusing or any questions you have.
  • Review notes frequently – taking a few day to review notes can help you to avoid hours of trying to relearn forgotten material right before a test.
  • Meet with teachers – Let them see you as a motivated student! Give them the opportunity to see what you know and what you can do. Ask questions, seek out clarification, ask for study tips.
  • Do not procrastinate! – “I’m too tired … I can get up early tomorrow morning and do it” or “It’s going to take me too long, I can’t start that tonight!”
  • Study actively – Do something with new material. Read your notes out loud, reorganize them. Draw pictures, make charts. Do a problem or two. Teach the concept to someone else!
  • Set small, hourly study goals – Break large assignments into smaller ones (read a long chapter by breaking it down into just a few pages at a time, for example)
  • Take short frequent study breaks – Walk around or get a snack. When you come back, do a 3-minute review and then jump into new material.
  • Prioritize – What’s most important? What’s most difficult? What do I need to spend the most time on? What do I need to start today? What needs to be done every day?
  • Ask for help – And don’t wait until it’s too late! The earlier the better.
  • Practice self-discipline & form habits – If you have to do math homework, set a time to do it, and then when that time comes, sit down and do it.
  • Study in a distraction-free space – It doesn’t have to be the same space all the time as there is some evidence to suggest that changing locales might positively impact how you remember things – just be sure you can focus and that your work has your full attention!
  • Keep a positive attitude – Be confident in your abilities and try to relax! Post positive and encouraging messages in your study space. If you are worried about something, write it down and set it aside to be taken care of later.
  • Stay motivated – Remember your goals or set goals if you haven’t. (Why am I taking this class? How does it get me closer to my goal?) Make study fun – use color and draw pictures when taking or reviewing notes.

Tips for Parents

  • Enforce Healthy Habits – You can’t perform well when you don’t feel good. To help your child have the best chance at doing well in school, make sure she follows healthy habits at home. Choose a bedtime that will give your child plenty of sleep, and provide a healthy breakfast each morning. Encourage exercise, and limit the amount of time she spends watching TV, playing video games, listening to music, or using the computer.
  • Stick to a Routine – Most kids thrive on structure and will respond well to routines that help them organize their days. In our house, for example, my son gets dressed, makes his bed, and eats breakfast while I make his lunch and pack his school bag with completed homework and forms. When he gets home in the afternoon, I serve him a snack and he does his homework while I prepare dinner. Your routines may differ, but the key is to make it the same every day so your child knows what to expect.
  • Create a “Launch Pad” – Veteran parents know it’s important to have a single place to put backpacks, jackets, shoes, lunchboxes, and school projects each day. Some call it a “launch pad,” while others call it a “staging area.” Our area is a hook by the back door.
    • Whatever you call it, find a place where your child can keep the items he needs for school each day and keep him organized. Then you’ll know right where to find everything during the morning rush.
  • Designate a Space – At school your child has a desk or table where she works. There is plenty of light, lots of supplies, and enough room to work. Why not provide her with the same type of environment for homework? A designated homework space often makes it easier and more fun for children to complete assignments at home. A desk is great, but a basket of supplies and a stretch of kitchen counter work just as well.
  • Read, Again and Again – It is often said that children spend the first several years learning to read, and the rest of the lives reading to learn. The written word is a gateway to all kinds of learning, and the more you read to your child, the better chance he has of becoming a proficient and eager reader.
    • Try to sit down with your child to read a little bit every day, give him plenty of opportunities to read out loud to you, as well, and above all have fun. While the importance of reading with your child cannot be stressed enough, it should not be the cause of stress.
  • Learn Always – Your child may be past the preschool years, but home education is still a critical part of his overall learning experience. “Some of the attitude recently is that it’s up to the schools and teachers to figure it all out, to make sure children are learning and healthy and safe,” says Barbara Frankowski, M.D., MPH, FAAP, and member of the AAP Council on School Health. “There’s only so much teachers can do. Parents have to fill in with good support at home.”
    • Look for ways to teach your child throughout the day. For example, cooking combines elements of math and science. Use the time when you make dinner as an opportunity to read and follow directions, to discuss fractions, to make hypotheses (“What will happen when I beat the egg whites?”), and to examine results.
  • Take the Lead – Children learn by example. Let your kids “catch” you reading. Take time to learn a new skill and discuss the experience with them. Sit down and pay bills or do other “homework” while your kids do their schoolwork.
    • If you display a strong work ethic and continually seek out learning opportunities for yourself, your kids will begin to model that same behavior in their own lives.
  • Talk Often – Do you know how your child feels about her classroom, her teacher, and her classmates? If not, ask her. Talk with her about what she likes and doesn’t like at school. Give her a chance to express her anxieties, excitements, or disappointments about each day, and continue to support and encourage her by praising her achievements and efforts.
  • Show Interest – Don’t limit your support to your child; extend it to her teachers as well. Meet the teachers and stay in regular contact by phone or e-mail so that you can discuss any concerns as they arise. Not only will it pave the way for you to ask questions, but it will also make the teachers more comfortable with calling you if they have concerns about your child.
  • Expect Success – Perhaps the most important way you can support your child’s efforts at school is to expect him to succeed. That doesn’t mean that you demand he be the best student or the best athlete or the best artist. Rather, let him know that you expect him to do “his best” so that he’ll be proud of what he can accomplish.
    • If you make that expectation clear and provide a home environment that promotes learning, then your child will have a greater chance of becoming the best student he can be.

 

Source: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/gradeschool/school/Pages/Ten-Tips-for-Your-Childs-Success-in-School.aspx

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