Archive for Monday, August 9, 2004

Designating ‘homework spot’ perfect way to start year

August 9, 2004


With classes back in session Wednesday for Lawrence public school students, here are 10 tips for a successful 2004-2005 year:

  • Practice getting up early before school starts to aid in the transition.
  • Pick a designated spot in the home for doing your homework. This "homework spot" should be quiet, well-lit and contain the basic school supplies needed to complete most homework assignments so you don't have break your concentration.
  • Try to do homework after school when the lessons are still fresh in your mind. Leaving homework until the evening, when you're likely to be tired, can be counterproductive.
  • You'll feel most content on a full stomach, so have a healthy snack before or during homework.
  • Always put homework in your backpack when completed so you don't forget to bring it to school the next day.
  • Pick out school clothes the night before. Making your choices and ensuring they're clean and ready will save valuable time in the morning.
  • Preparing lunches the night before also can lessen the load and the decision-making the next morning.
  • Limit caffeine and sugar intake after dinner, since either can affect your ability to fall asleep.
  • Reading before bed is a perfect opportunity to wind down, and younger kids and parents can spend quality time together.
  • Use a daily planner to keep school functions and extracurricular activities organized.


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