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08/09/2015

Part 2: Setting Goals


The process of getting your child (and yourself!) ready to go back to school and begin a new year can feel like an overwhelming and stressful time of the year. In this Back to School blog series, we’re discussing 5 tips including Collecting Information, Setting Goals​, and over the coming days Building a Schedule​, Gathering Materials​, finally Cleaning and Re-Organizing. Implementing these five tips, can help you plan your back-to-school-a-thon, and get your new school year off to a great start!

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Setting Goals

Last time, we discussed collecting information. So now the second task to complete is to use the information you’ve collected to assess the course requirements, both in terms of academic rigor, and time management, and plan how to address them successfully.

Expectations
The beginning of the term is the perfect time to sit down with your student, and discuss the expectations you have for the new academic year. This discussion should include setting goals for objectives such as

● 6-weeks’ and semester grades,
● homework completion,
● time spent on studying,

and any other aspect or behavior you want to address, or improve upon from last year.

HINT: ​Use the graphic at right to make sure that the goals your family sets meet the five guidelines for goal-setting: set specific goals, that are measurable​, attainable​, relevant​, and are tied to a specific deadline​.

Incentives
After setting these goals, then be sure to also decide on the weekly and/or monthly incentives that you can use to reward your child for meeting his or her goals, and keep them motivated to continue their hard work. These rewards might be small or big depending on the goal achieved, such as dinner out, movie night, a family activity day, additional choice, extended bedtime, or a free pass on a chore for the week-- whatever is important to your child.

Be sure to put everything down in writing, so that both child and parent feel ownership over the agreement, and also avoid potential “takesies-backsies” conversations. You can build your own, or use these examples to get ideas for your own. Another good idea might be to share these goals and incentives with your child’s teachers, so they can also work with you to encourage these in the classroom, and maintain regular communication.

Follow our “5-Part Back to School” series to get the most out of your back to school planning! Our next post will cover Part 3: “Building the Schedule.”

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If you would like to learn more, please call The Tutoring Center, Flower Mound ​at (972)874-1999 to schedule your FREE Diagnostic Assessment. Thank you for your time, and best wishes to you and your children in getting back into the groove this fall.

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