Monthly Tips

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Time Management and Academic Planners

Welcome back to another school year!
To start the year off right, it’s important for your children to develop strong time management skills so that they can avoid late-night study sessions, last-minute projects, and incomplete assignments. Students who do not manage their time well may feel like they are always playing “catch-up,” and procrastination may become a habit that leads to stress, reduced learning, and poor grades. Learning how to properly manage time can enable your children to plan ahead, prioritize tasks, and distribute the correct amount of time needed to complete projects and homework.
While there are a variety of methods to help your children practice time management, one crucial tool is the academic planner. Planners come in various forms and sizes, so it is important that students find the one that works best for them.

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Erica MechlinskiTime Management and Academic Planners

Teaching Students How to Self-Regulate

As adults, we tend to tell our children that something is not as bad as they think it is. Even if they have three hours of homework, two tests to study for, and a project to complete, this does not even compare to the “real world.” However, when we trivialize the frustrations that our children face regarding their academics, we inadvertently dissuade them from  learning how to self-regulate. Our children begin to wonder why they are unable to keep up with their workload, and this may lead to a loss of motivation, resistance to completing their work, or emotional outbursts. With the school year fast approaching, summer is the perfect time to teach and practice self-regulation strategies with your children.

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Erica MechlinskiTeaching Students How to Self-Regulate

Executive Functioning Skills Matter Every Day

Strong executive functioning skills are essential in academic settings, but they are equally as necessary for everyday living. Thinking Organized seeks to teach organizational strategies that will help students learn to focus on being more organized in school and in life. Summer gives parents a great opportunity to model and practice these skills with their children in a real-life context, when academics are not necessarily the primary concern.
Take a look at our ideas below in order to get the most out of practicing executive functioning skills with your children this summer.

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Erica MechlinskiExecutive Functioning Skills Matter Every Day

Reflecting on the School Year

Summer is finally upon us, and many students are ready to toss their backpacks in the closet and not look at them again for two months. However, it is important for students to engage in self-reflection so that they can make adjustments for a successful return to school. This exercise can help your children identify strengths and weaknesses while also helping them think through the best approaches to tackle both easy and difficult tasks.

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Let Your Children Make Mistakes this Summer!

As we reach the end of the school year, a number of “standards” start to be compromised. With the pressures of exams and end-of-the-year projects, parents might find themselves taking on some of their children’s responsibilities or helping them with schoolwork a little more than usual. However, your overall goal as parents is to raise independent individuals who can effectively negotiate the rigors of life as well as academics. To do this, children need to develop executive functioning skills, the cognitive processes that control and organize goal-directed behavior. When an exam is looming, it is hard to not step in and help your child prepare for that test.
With the stress of school out of the way, summer is a wonderful time to work on improving your children’s executive functioning skills.

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Erica MechlinskiLet Your Children Make Mistakes this Summer!

When to Look for Additional Support

Thinking Organized has helped hundreds of parents and children strengthen their executive function skills. These crucial skills enable an individual to set goals, organize a plan to meet those goals, and effectively complete tasks within a given time frame. Executive functions are the skills that an executive uses to run a busy office, a parent uses to manage the morning rush, and a student uses to successfully complete academic assignments and responsibilities.
However, what happens if you are consistently using the Thinking Organized strategies and your children are still struggling?

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Succeeding in the Second Half of the School Year

 
It’s no surprise that as the school year progresses, students start to lose motivation. With the lure of spring break and summer break so close, many students struggle to focus on their academics during the second half of the school year. For those with executive dysfunction, this disparity between their performance in the two halves of the year can be even more apparent. It’s important to help your children regain momentum so that they can finish the year on a strong note, and there are several actions you can take to help them find success.

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Erica MechlinskiSucceeding in the Second Half of the School Year

Executive Functioning Skills and Summer Fun

 
Although temperatures are near freezing in many parts of the country right now, the thought of summer camp is not far from the mind of many parents. Whether it’s a sports camp, an art camp, or a technology camp, students find themselves involved in fun activities on almost a daily basis.
While we’re not one to darken students’ days by reminding them that school isn’t far away, it is important for students to budget time in their schedules for tasks that target and develop their executive functioning skills over the summer.

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Erica MechlinskiExecutive Functioning Skills and Summer Fun

Understanding the Role of Math in School and Life

 
Although it’s referred to as the universal language, math is a subject that many shy away from under the guise of it being too difficult to comprehend. Unfortunately, once people meet an obstacle in their mathematical career, instead of finding a way to go through the roadblock, they resolve to abandon the subject as a whole and label it a “lost cause.” 
From that point on, many people stop trying to advance their mathematical endeavors and, consequently, halt the critical thinking skills that may have developed through their explorations of math.
However, since math is a subject that is present at every level of education, from elementary school through college, it is crucial that we introduce math to children as a subject that can be comprehended by all, not just a select few, and show them the different ways in which problems can be approached.

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Erica MechlinskiUnderstanding the Role of Math in School and Life

Goal-Setting for the New Year

 
As 2018 comes to a close, the holidays are just around the corner and there are many errands to complete before families get together and the festivities begin. In all of the commotion of the holiday season, it is important to sit down and reflect on the past year and set goals for 2019.
Whether is it dedicating oneself to a new nutrition program, completing a home-improvement project, or obtaining a promotion at work, each goal you set is important in your life. As adults, we often know the steps needed to achieve these goals. However, students may need more support in setting and reaching their own goals.
Here are a few tips to helping your children develop a roadmap to success for the new year.

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Erica MechlinskiGoal-Setting for the New Year