Reenergize Your Student: 8 Tips for a Productive Second Semester
The holiday fun has come to an end, and getting back to the daily learning routine can be challenging for students who might still be mourning the loss. But fear not! As an active Learning Coach, you can keep the momentum going with a little encouragement, support, and persistence. Consider the following tips to help your student remain focused and ready for a productive second school semester!
- Be a cheerleader.
From time to time, students tend to feel discouraged and overwhelmed. A Learning Coach can ease these feelings by serving as a personal cheerleader. When students are having an off day, uplift their spirit by not letting them give up and reassuring them that they can do it. Express how proud you are when they do something well or get an answer correct. Additionally, if they are struggling in a particular subject, try some new learning activities that might help. For instance, if a new vocabulary word is introduced, write the new word on a word wall to strengthen a student’s memorization skills.
- Set a plan for the week.
Sometimes, students react to a large workload by panicking and doubting their ability to complete the work. Help your student to stay organized, calm, and less stressed by helping to set a reasonable plan at the beginning of each week. Break it down by different days of the week. For instance, suggest that he or she work on a math assignment or project on Monday, and a science assignment on Tuesday. This will help your student concentrate on one task at a time, instead of becoming overwhelmed by a daunting list of multiple tasks.
- Give rewards and incentives.
It’s no secret that “bribery” can work wonders! To provide students with some incentive for completing an assignment and meeting deadlines, offer them a fun activity in return, such as watching a movie of their choosing, playing outside, or doing any other activity that you know will motivate them. Likewise, reward hard work and good grades with a special gift, meal, or outing. You can also make the overall learning experience more fun by implementing different forms of note taking with new notebooks and colored pencils.
- Encourage frequent breaks.
Students can quickly become distracted and restless, so it’s important that they take frequent breaks throughout the day, especially as they get back into the swing of things after the holiday break. If your student is stuck on something, a quick break might help revitalize and reboot his or her brain. Even if it’s just a quick walk around the house, it will prevent your student from experiencing frustration and overload. To help with concentration skills, have him or her write out passages from a poetry or literature book. It will reinforce your child’s penmanship at the same time.
- Push new clubs and activities.
School can be made more exciting by being paired with interactive clubs and activities. If your student isn’t already involved or perhaps wants to try something new, urge him or her to join a club or activity this semester. Being involved in something that he or she is interested in will endorse drive and inspiration for future goals. Furthermore, it will encourage your student to connect with peers within the virtual learning community.
- Utilize all resources.
Make sure to take advantage of all the resources available to you and your student. When extra help is needed, encourage a phone call or email to your student’s teacher. Teachers are always happy to hear from students and assist them in any way they can! Online classroom sessions are also a great way for your student to engage with other students, teachers, and the material for a better grasp of different concepts.
- Attend field trips.
Research some upcoming field trips in your area if you haven’t done so already—they can really bring the virtual school experience to life! Not only are the trips informative and fun, but they also allow students to interact with their classmates face-to-face. As a result, students will likely leave with new friendships and long-lasting memories.
- Talk about it.
Consider ending your student’s school day on a positive note by talking about what he or she learned. Try stimulating the response by asking questions using the 5 W’s (who, what, when, where, why). As the parent or Learning Coach, this will help you monitor his or her daily progress, maintain open dialogue, and resolve any challenges or issues together with teachers early on rather than later. Communication is often the key to success.
With your helpful guidance as a Learning Coach, students can overcome their holiday slump and strengthen their resolve for the new semester! What are some ways you motivate your student after the winter break? Share with us.