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A Fresh Start: Organizing the New Year

     “New Year, New You,” right? Even if it’s the middle of a semester for a lot of students, January 1 is a great time to reset and restart. For most students, that could mean a much-needed check-in on their organization and study skills. Here are some of our favorite tips to keep a student on track:

    1. Use a calendar. Whether it’s paper or electronic, a calendar is crucial for keeping track of assignments, tests, and extracurriculars. This is also a great way for students to start seeing how they’re spending their time… and where that extra study session could fit in.


    2. Note-taking. Study skills aren’t always a focus during school hours, so make sure your student is developing a system for note taking and reading. College will be so much easier if your student knows how to study! (Note: this looks different for every student and varies depending on their learning style.)

    3. When school is in session, set up a weekly schedule for cleaning out and organizing backpacks and binders. This is also a great time to check and make sure there are no missing assignments through the school’s online platforms. Papers wander, even when they’re electronic!

And remember, if you or your student aren’t sure how to start this process or need some help figuring out learning styles and strategies, Fairchild offers one-on-one tutoring in study and organization. Let us help you make the second half of the school year an easier and more productive one!


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