Is this what your kid looks like when it’s time to study?
To be successful in school and life, your kid needs to learn to set goals, create plans and follow them through to accomplish his targets, says Esther Wong, regional director of marketing and business development at Lorna Whiston Schools. She suggests three activities to help him develop goal-setting skills and habits:
#1: SET PRIORITIES
Ask him to look at a list of things to do and rank them in order of importance. Let him know that he has the right to choose his own priorities, but some may lead to better consequences than others.
#2: ORGANISE GOALS
Talk about the daily priorities and how to set reachable goals. A simple way to explain the difference between priorities and goals is that priorities are “must-dos”, whereas goals are “plan-to-dos”.
#3: KEEP TRACK OF TIME
Ask your child to conduct his own “research study” on how he spends his time. Ask him to estimate how much time he spends sleeping, eating, watching TV and so on.
Over the course of three days, have him record his activities in half-hour intervals. Ask him to colour-code his charts for easier interpretation (blue for sleep, red for sports). He’s now being introduced to the importance of time keeping, step by step.
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