26th Jan 2019
Help your child achieve success in school by teaching him/her organisational skills
The Cambridge dictionary defines organisational skills as the ability to use your time, energy and resources in an effective way so that you achieve the things you want to achieve. Many learners want to achieve excellent academic results for each year of school. For the younger learners, it goes beyond results, it is about building a solid foundation for future study. Yet, very few learners have the skills and habits to achieve those goals.
Great organisational skills are key to the habits of every successful learner. Successful learners focus on studying smarter rather than harder or longer. These skills enable them to focus on what matters and leave the rest for later or never. If they are important for success in business or the workplace, they are important for school.
Very young learners who learn these organisational skills as early as possible, build very successful academic records. It is not for the gifted few. With the right skills, even an average student can excel in academics. Here’s how you can teach your very young learner how to be better organised for school:
1. Prepare for the day ahead
Many schools provide a timetable that learners will follow for the year. The timetable details the classes that each learner will attend each day. Have your child walk you through the planned school day and what classes they have on that day. Ask them what they did in each class the previous day and what they will be learning today. Do not take “I don’t know” as a valid answer. It is not. Push your child to find out what they will be working on and then ask them if they are prepared. Also, ask if they have all the necessary tools for the subjects, they will be doing that day. This way, learners build the habit of asking themselves questions about their day and how prepared they are for scheduled activities.
2. Make a daily list and schedule
Daily lists are very helpful. Not only do they help you break down each task that you need to accomplish, but they also give you the satisfaction that comes with ticking them off your list. Lists will help your child not feel overwhelmed by the workload as they can clearly outline what needs completion. Beyond making a list, we encourage you to help your child take it a step further – schedule your list. Scheduling involves setting a start and end time for each task that needs to complete. This helps your child learn how to prioritise and how to manage their limited time. When they schedule playtime, they can relax and do their homework because they know that the time for playing is coming.
3. Get it done. Do it Right.
It is not enough to have a list and schedule, learners must actually do the work on the list. The satisfaction of ticking things off the list should come as a reward for completing tasks at an acceptable level. Of course, Learners would want to rush through homework and studying tasks so they can get to play. The habit that you want to encourage is both quantity and quality in the time spent and work is done. That is, if homework has 30 minutes allocated, they should take 30 minutes to do it. Should they finish early, that’s great! They must then use the remaining time to check the correctness of their work and complete previously incomplete work. It must be done, and it must be done right.
These three actions will go a long way in teaching your child key organisational skills for success in school. They will start each day prepared. When learners are prepared for the day, they perform better in school. They don’t waste time looking for resources for each activity because they have packed everything they need. They spend their time effectively, because they know what they must do and that they do not have all day to do it. It gives them control over their own days and teaches them responsibility for their lives. Click here to download a template you can use to help your child create their daily list and schedule for each week.