As we hunker down for a different kind of holiday season, it's also a good time to slow down and spend quiet afternoons with our families and loved ones. For those of you who have high school students, I'm sure you're looking forward to them getting some time off and getting a chance to do what they love, no matter if it's something as simple as reading a favorite book or getting a good night's sleep.
We've all readjusted our plans and ambitions this past year. I've also given my students a longer runway to do their research and achieve their high school goals but these coming weeks are a great time to reflect on how the fall semester panned out and what needs to be done in December and in the coming months.
Whether your student is just beginning 9th grade or is a junior, they should be thinking about their extracurricular activities and what they can do to stay engaged. The pandemic has thrown a wrench in all of our plans but many students are still going about doing volunteer hours from home. School clubs are still active so students should try to find clubs that suit their interests and needs. There are a lot of ways to stay in the game even if school is online. The idea is to help our students thrive and find a hobby to help them get through this tough time so that there's more in a day than just online classes and homework.
I've mentioned to many of you how students are doing a good job of coping with the pandemic but at the same time they might be hurting too. Staying up late night after night to do homework is not necessarily a bad thing. Some kids work best at night while others work best in the morning. But it's a problem if they're not able to concentrate or get work done and if they're falling behind. If your student is having a hard time managing their time, please give us a call. Time management, academic counseling, and study skills go hand in hand and part of what we do is help students cope with a medley of responsibilities.
As students get ready for their first semester finals, it's a good time to reach out to teachers if they're struggling with coursework or if their grades are starting to dip. Free tutors at their schools can also be a big help when things get tough.
Good luck to your students as they get ready for their finals. Here's hoping that the new year will bring some much needed change and that the spring semester will be a different experience!