Summer is starting to wind down which means it won’t be long until your scholar is back to hitting the books and managing their busy school schedule. While back to school is often a time for excitement: seeing friends again, meeting new teachers and getting fresh school supplies, back to school can also cause some anxiety for students. With difficult academic demands and an increased workload as students progress through school, learners and their families can feel the pressure which can sometimes cause tension between parents and children. As we get ready for back to school this month, we take a look at a couple of tips to help make the transition back to school as seamless and stress free as possible.
Reset Body Clocks: Chances are summer has been jam packed with fun and exciting activities which have had students staying up late and sleeping in the next day. This change in sleep habits works during the summer break when kids/teens have more flexibility with their schedule, but will leave them tired and less productive once it is time to head back to school. Starting about 2 weeks before the start of the new school year, have students start to move their bedtime up by about 20 mins every 3 days or so. This means students do high excitement activities like going to the movies and chatting with friends earlier in the evening so that they have the time to wind down before it is time to go to sleep. This will help to “rewire” their body clocks, allowing the transition to waking up earlier in the morning to get ready for the school day to be a smoother one with reduced complaints when the alarm goes off in the morning.
A Work space that Works: Most likely your son/daughter’s regular workspace has since been taken over by discarded clothing, electronic paraphernalia and other items collected over the summer break- not exactly a place that encourages focus and attention. As we all have different organizational strategies, the workspace set up that you prefer may not work for your student. As such, have your child/teen set up their work space in way that makes sense for them. Alternatively, have them come to our workspace where we can gently oversee their homework needs or provide more hands on assistance for the student that needs the extra attention. With us, students also have access to a Peer-Mentor called an EmpowerMate which will help to reduce the stress and tension you and your child may experience at home when you are trying to get through the list of required assignments.
Expect Success: Perhaps the best way you can support your student this school year is to expect them to succeed. This does not mean that you are putting unreasonable amounts of pressure on them to be the best in the class and to only achieve 100% on all assignments. But it does mean that you encourage your student to do their best in everything they attempt so that they can always be proud of what they are capable of accomplishing. If you make this expectation clear from the start and provide a home environment that supports it and promotes learning, you are helping to set your child up for a successful school year.
We can help your student succeed! We can give you and your learner the tools needed to remove the stress and tension that often accompanies homework and studying and help your scholar excel in their academics this year. We are capable of accommodating your busy schedule and have many solutions for academic help and support. Give us a call at 561.488.6360 (Boca West) or 561.362.8336 (Boca East) or visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TheStudentDen to see how we can empower your student!
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Mr. Questo started as my guidance counselor, but ended up becoming much, much more. I would consider him my friend. While he worked at my high school, he was someone I would easily be able to access if I needed help with something academically, socially or emotionally. Without Mr. Questo, my high school experience would have been much more difficult. I was upset to see him retire this year, but knew his work with students was far from over. If you
decide to work with Mr. Questo, he will totally engage with you and help you attain your college goals. As soon as I began the college application process, I reached out to him and he responded to me immediately. Before I knew it, we had completed 4 applications in which I am now awaiting decisions and it was only the middle of September. He is a firm believer in getting the application in as early as possible. Whatever the question or whatever time of day I always get an answer right away. Mr. Questo has significantly made a difference in my life in many ways, especially with helping me navigate through the college application process. I am very appreciative of his knowledge, expediency, and his concern for my personal well-being. I would enthusiastically recommend him to any high school student seeking admission to college.
Andrew (AJ) B.
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Superscored 1510! Thank you SO much, Barton and Student Den.
You’ve been such a great help. Let me know when I can start as an EmpowerMate.
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Robert came to us after his first semester of 10th grade. He had below a 2.0 GPA, had failed some classes in the first semester, and his single mom was at her wits end. She went to the guidance counselor at school and the guidance counselor recommended the Student Den. The first week, like most students, Robert did not want to be there. The second week he was more tolerant, and by the third week, he was sold. His grades were improving, the relationship with his mother at home was improving, and his self-confidence was soaring. In the fourth quarter, he got all A’s and one B to end the year. The Student Den and his EmpowerMate™, turned his academic life around in 20 weeks.