Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

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Help Your Student Succeed

15 Ways to Help Your Young Adolescent Succeed Better in School

Communicate better study habits to your child by:

  • Providing a consistent sleep schedule. (Young adolescents need eight hours of sleep.)
  • Providing a well balanced diet.
  • Establishing a schedule that permits ample time to get ready.
  • Encouraging him to set aside time for daily homework and reading.
  • Providing a quiet, comfortable place without distractions to study.
  • Encouraging her to make wise television viewing choices. (Or limit television time)
  • Asking in variety of ways about daily homework assignments.
  • Comparing your child's progress to his or her abilities, not to siblings or other children.
  • Praising your child when homework/responsibilities are completed.
  • Creating a homework Survival Kit. Assignments notebook, pencil, paper, pencil sharpener, eraser, scissors, dictionary, calculator, and ruler.
  • Telling your young adolescent you expect him/her to do homework independently, but you are available if help is needed.
  • Providing transportation to the library or other resource areas.
  • Providing a place where complete work can be stored safely (a folder, a shelf, or a drawer).
  • Discussing homework assignments and providing hints when necessary.
  • Becoming actively involved in homework when teachers have requested family/student interaction.