As kids get back to school in January, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the first half of the school year and to make some educational resolutions.

In the new year, we usually start off with the best of intentions, but don’t always follow through with the resolutions we make. That’s why the team at Teachers on Call recommends engaging your children by brainstorming academic goals together, writing them down and tracking them throughout the year.

Here are five of our favourite New Year’s resolution tips for students:

1. Set Academic Goals

January is the perfect time to set academic goals for the school year. Discuss each particular subject and make a plan for any areas where your child may struggle. Encourage your son or daughter to join or start a study group with classmates, and to ask for extra help when needed. For additional academic support, students can take advantage of after-school help, study with a peer, or seek help from a tutoring professional.

2. Contribute to the Community

As a high school graduation requirement, students in Ontario are required to complete 40 hours of community involvement. If your son or daughter has already fulfilled their hours, encourage them to continue volunteering their time. Contributing to the community broadens life experiences, promotes community values, assists with career planning and may help with scholarship opportunities.

3. Read for Pleasure

In addition to the school reading list, have your son or daughter add a few books of interest to the mix. It’s great to introduce a variety of material with non-fiction, fiction, magazines and catalogues. Reading is a great way to boost vocabulary and reading comprehension skills.

4. Manage Time Effectively

As a means to ensure a successful school year, you’ll want to make sure that your child is organized and using effective time management strategies. Plan ahead to complete homework and projects to ensure they are handed in on time. Agendas and monthly calendars are great tools that keep kids focused and on track.

5. Get Extracurricular

Encourage your son or daughter to join a new club or team inside or outside of school. Whether your child selects a new extracurricular activity in sports, academics, or the arts, it’s important to explore a new passion, learn new skills, and make new friends. Outside interests help students achieve balance and become well-rounded learners.

Joanne Sallay is a director at Teachers on Call—a personalized home tutoring service—with more than 25 years of experience. Teachers on Call’s Ontario Certified Teachers provide one-on-one instruction in all subjects and grades including French Immersion tutoring. Like Teachers on Call on Facebook and follow on Twitter

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