Exam season is lurking around the corner! As a mom to a 6th grader, I need to empower and assist my child but no longer study with them. With all of the above in mind – here’s a free printable study timetable!
The transition between, handholding your child through the exam season and allowing them to learn, take responsibility and grow independently, is so hard.
Simply because we want the very best for our kids! We want them to succeed.
The first term of this year, I gave Logan quite a bit of freedom to study as he pleases. Naturally, that comes with consequences – ones, he needs to face. His grades weren’t what he expected it to be and in all honesty – he was disappointed.
How do you loosen the reigns without leaving your child to fall off the bandwagon?
Here’s my strategy for 6th grade!
1. Intrinsic Motivation
By the age of 12/13 years, kids need to work- and study hard for what they want in life – not because they want to please us.
Intrinsic motivation refers to behavior that is driven by internal rewards.
2. Perspective / Big Picture
Paint the big picture for your child, in a practical way! Tell them exciting stories of your high-school years, attend the open days if possible and dream about the coming season in your child’s life with them.
We went to great lengths to attend the high school open days in our area, earlier this term.
It gave Logan an exhilarating sense of what is ahead! High school is fun. Open days amplifies the excitement of the new season that’s on the horizon while reminding the kids, that if they want to attend their high school of choice, they’ll need to put foot and perform a little from their side!
While developing intrinsic motivation, feel free to incentivise excellence.
The key here is to set the bar, within arms reach!
Our kids need to know we believe in them! We need to stretch them while, keeping our expectation realistic. It’s a fine line! Trust your instinct and speak to your partner, spouse or close relative about it.
I’m so pleased that our Capoeira instructor gave Logan an incentive and I am thrilled that Logan is excited about the incentive.
4. Executive Function Development
Earlier this year, both Logan and Oli set goals for themselves for 2019.
We also went to great lengths to organise and plan our strategy for the day to day activities of attending school and rotating classes
All of the above – are examples of executive function development.
For your own sanity and to the benefit of your child – start teaching your child to plan, organise, focus their attention, self-regulate positively and all the wonderful things executive functions entail.
Helping your child devise a study timetable is a part of executive function development!
It is a part of planning to study, keeping perspective throughout your studies and focussing on the bigger goal.
Weekly Study Timetable
The weekly study timetable, allows your child to identify a subject per day, along with space to define what they would like to achieve chapter wise per day.
Daily Study Checklist
The daily checklist is where your child has an outline of three study sessions, with breaks, outlined for the day. The child is responsible to stick to these times as closely as possible, however, document the actuals against the planned information.
A blank version of the checklist allows you/your child to change the schedule to match your requirements.
Best of all, the weekly study timetable and daily checklist are available for download in English and Afrikaans.
5. Accountability & Relatability
The last tip is simple – keep in mind that your child needs your guidance throughout the learning process. He/she needs to be able to ask questions and believe that their studies are important to you. Having said that, they need to grow in independence and, therefore, accountability is key.
Each and every day, they need to be able to give you a breakdown of what they’ve learned, how long each chapter or unit took them and what they enjoyed.
We need to relate to- and empathise with our kids! It is completely normal to tell your child you despised history or math, but try to highlight the benefits of these subjects along the way.
Your turn! Do you make use of study timetables for your child?
And what has been working for you and your child? Tell me in the comments below.