15 Ways to Help Your Adolescent Succeed Better in School
1. Providing a consistent sleep schedule. (Young adolescents need eight hours of sleep.)
2. Providing a well balanced diet.
3. Establishing a schedule that permits ample time to get ready for school and results in a timely school arrival.
4. Encouraging him/her to set aside time for daily homework and reading.
5. Providing a quiet, comfortable place without distractions to study.
6. Encouraging him/her to make wise television viewing choices.
7. Asking in a variety of ways about daily homework assignments.
8. Comparing your child’s progress to his or her abilities, not to siblings or other children.
9. Praising your child when homework/responsibilities are completed.
10. Creating a homework Survival Kit. Assignment notebook, pencil, paper, pencil sharpener, eraser, scissors, dictionary, calculator, and ruler.
11. Telling your young adolescent you expect him/her to do homework independently, but you are available if help is needed.
12. Providing transportation to the library or other resource areas when assignments require reference materials.
13. Providing a place where completed work can be stored safely (a folder, a shelf, or a drawer).
14. Discussing homework assignments and providing hints when necessary.
15. Becoming actively involved in homework when teachers have requested family/student interaction.
(Source: Keys to Reengaging Families in the Education of Young Adolescents, NMSA)