High School: Seven Tips to Build Organizational Skills

by Amanda Morin at Understood.org

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  1. Teach Multiple Ways to Prioritize. Goal: find organizational skills that fit your teen’s needs and skills.  Example: projects can be organized by due date — or by time needed or how hard (or easy) they are.
  2. Teach How to Divide and Conquer. Goal: keep deadlines for long-term projects from creeping up. Example: Show your teen how to break projects into smaller, more manageable pieces.  Use cue words like “first,” “next,” and “last” to categorize the tasks.
  3. Designate a Place for Study Materials. Goal: teach your child to keep the tools he needs in one place. Example: Encourage your teen to keep pens, paper, computer, calculators, dictionaries and other supplies together. No more hunting for an eraser!
  4. Model Organization Skills. Goal: Learn how to be organized by seeing the skills in action. Example: keep a family calendar and a to-do list to model planning ahead and making lists.
  5.  Use a Whiteboard. Goal: Make things easier to visualize. Example: your child can use it to make daily to-do lists, map out an assignment or just write down things to remember.
  6. Give Your Teen a Planner. Goal: encourage your child to manage his own schedule. Example: with a digital or paper planner, he can keep track of where he needs to be and when. He can practice arranging and rearranging his time.
  7. Ask About the Plan of Attack. Goal: make sure your teen knows how to prioritize the steps for getting an assignment done. Example: don’t assume your teen knows how to get an assignment done. Ask him to explain his plan. You can help him refine it, as needed.

Amanda Morin is a parent advocate and former teacher. A proud parent of kids with learning and attention issues, she is the author of The Everything Parent’s Guide to Special Education.

Source: https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/learning-at-home/teaching-organizational-skills/at-a-glance-7-ways-to-teach-your-high-schooler-organization-skills?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=understoodorg

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