5 Habits That Can Ruin a School Year

With the new school year just around the corner, here are some things to avoid in order for our kids to have a great year:

1. Oversleeping/Not Getting Enough Sleep. Students of all ages need sleep. Research has shown that during sleep, the brain files and stores information learned throughout the day. Dr. Nick Whitehead, founder and CEO of Oxford Learning, says that not getting enough sleep can impair a student’s ability to focus in class.

2. Poor Nutrition. Food is fuel—the better the quality, the better the performance. If children eat a sugary breakfast, or skip breakfast altogether, they run the risk of performing poorly in school. Without proper nutrition, students can tire out and lose focus. Students should focus on their teacher, not on their rumbling bellies.

3. Too Much Screen Time. TVs, computers, and cell phones are distracting to students. Mounting evidence is showing that multitasking is not as good as was originally thought. When students try to do homework, accessing the Internet doesn’t necessarily improve their ability to work, and it can detract from their ability to focus on a single task for a period of time.

4. Procrastinating. From social lives to family responsibilities and extra curricular activities, students can be tempted to leave homework until the last minute. Too many distractions, not following a schedule, or not using an agenda can put homework on the bottom of the priority list. According to oxfordlearning.com, students can avoid last-minute scrambles and late-night cram sessions by making schoolwork a priority.

5. Not Getting Help. According to Dr. Whitehead, one of the biggest mistakes that students make is waiting too long to seek help. Often it takes a call from the teacher or a failing grade before students seek support. At that point it takes more effort to correct the problem than if a student had asked for help at the “I’m-not-really-understanding-this stage.

And I think these are good practices for us, too.

adapted from www.newscanada.com

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