Don't forget to have your teen include non-academic commitments on the calendar, too.It also helps for teens to make prioritized daily to-do lists, and to study and do homework in a well-lit, quiet, orderly workspace.
Parents can play a vital role in helping teens succeed in school by being informed and lending a little support and guidance.
Even though teens are seeking independence, parental involvement is an important ingredient for academic success.
But early school start times — on top of schedules packed with classes, homework, extracurricular activities, and friends — mean that it's common for teens to not get enough sleep.
Lack of sleep is linked to decreased attentiveness, decreased short-term memory, inconsistent performance, and delayed response time.
Attending parent-teacher conferences is another way to stay informed, although in high school, staff usually set these up only when parental involvement is needed to address issues like behavior problems, falling below grade-level expectations, or alternatively, benefiting from advanced class work.
If your teen has special learning or behavioral needs, meetings can be scheduled with teachers and other school staff to consider setting up or revising individualized education plans (IEPs), 504 education plans, or gifted education plans.
You can help by reminding your teen before bedtime to turn off the phone and limit video games and TV.
Napping during the day can also push bedtimes back, so it's best if teens don't nap after school. But try to keep your teen's sleep and wake times within 2 hours of what they are during the week.
Students planning to attend college also need to prepare for the SATs and/or ACTs.
Amid all these changes, many teens are learning how to balance academics with extracurricular activities, social lives, and jobs.
Parents and guardians can help teens keep assignments and class information together in binders, notebooks, or folders that are organized by subject.