Surviving First Semester — for students and parents!

We’re a few months in now, and probably starting to feel the weight of  managing homework, exams, and activities piling up. Not to worry – we got your back! Here are a few of our favorite tips for getting back the fresh energy you started with:

 

1. EMBRACE BEDTIME

Do yourself a favor ad make it a goal this year to establish a nighttime routine. Bill Gates reads to fall asleep. Arianna Huffington unwinds by sipping on herbal tea What’s something simple you can incorporate starting tonight that you can commit to? Sew the seeds of rest and recharging, and reap the rewards of heightened creativity, productivity and overall happiness.

2. KEEP YOUR ARSENAL STOCKED

Back to school shopping means loading up on socks and stationery for your kids, right? But what about parent essentials? Let’s not forget the important role we play in getting our kids to and from school, activities, and playdates week after week. Never underestimate the power of a trusty coffee (or tea) thermos. This item alone has been key to surviving my most hectic of days. What would make YOUR schedule work better? Whether it’s keeping certain snacks on hand, or pre-arranging transport or tutoring, think about what it is that would make this year run smoothly for the entire family.

3. PLANNERS FOR THE FAM

Our families are the best at managing homework! From manila posters and magic markers to intricate refrigerator layouts, my families have found the ways that best suit them. Google calendar also has a great syncing tool if poster boards aren’t your thing. Pro tip: Be sure to include the fun stuff! Who says you can’t make time for family movie night? Just make sure it doesn’t fall on the day before your kid’s paper is due!

4. DON’T PROCRASTINATE SET UP A SYSTEM OF ACCOUNTABILITY

When done right, this one’s a game-changer. Whether it’s you or one of our dedicated tutors working with your child, regular check-ins can help your student manage their homework. Having someone to help them prioritize their studies will help students avoid the snowball effect, combating early burn-out.

However you’re able to make your and your children’s busy lives better, commit to doing exactly that.

What else have you found to work best for you? Leave us your best tips in the comments below!