HELP YOUR CHILD SET SPECIFIC, ACHIEVABLE GOALS

Your child will be most motivated to reach goals if they're personal and meaningful.  She should write them down, along with steps needed to accomplish them.  These ideas will help:

  • Ask you child what is important to her.  What would she be proud to achieve?  For example, "I would like to raise my grade in math.
  • Help her set reasonable and specific goals.  Have her choose an attainable, defined goal.  "I want to get a B instead of a C on my next report card.
  • Have her note steps from start to finish.  "I will review math for 10 extra minutes a night."  "On Tuesdays, Dad will tutor me."  "I will study for three nights before the test."  Have her use a calendar to stay on track.
  • Help her plan ahead for obstacles.  "I have soccer practice two nights a week.  If I want extra time to study, I will have to start earlier those days."
  • Encourage her to post her goals in a spot where she can refer to them.  At least once a month, she should review her progress and make any necessary changes.
Source: Lawrence J. Greene, Improving Your Child’s Schoolwork, ISBN: 0-7615-0163-0 (Prima Publishing, 1-800-733-3000, www.primapublishing.com).