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Finishing the Year Strong: 3 Tips for Staying Motivated
Finishing the Year Strong: 3 Tips for Staying Motivated
Kelli Jones

As the end of the school year is approaching,it's important to keep our students motivated. Especially as this time of the year is when projects are nearing completion and finals are close. Here are three tips for your son to stay motivated and finish the school year as efficiently as possible:

Set SMART Goals

Setting goals is important but it's easy to get sidetracked with all of the tasks at hand all at one time. Micromanaging and breaking down large goals into smaller goals helps with looking at things from a much more manageable perspective. Setting a SMART goal is a great way to go about this. A SMART goal is specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound. Focusing on specifics and breaking down a main goal into something that is a lot less stressful and a lot easier to create a plan of action for. The Free Spirit Publishing Blog has some great examples of how a goal can be broken down into the SMART format.

Prioritize

Sometimes prioritizing is easier said than done. An article by Amanda Morin, former teacher and author of The Everything Parent's Guide to Special Education, says, "find organizational tools that fit your teen's needs and skills." Have you ever had so many things due at one time that it's hard to focus your attention in the right places to get things done in an appropriate amount of time? As the end of the year typically involves a lot of multitasking, it's easy to hit a roadblock when it comes to figuring out where to start. Knowing your son's unique strengths and weaknesses becomes a key part in figuring out an appropriate plan to success.

Take all of your assignments that your son is currently being faced with and ask the following questions:

  • What has the nearest due date?
  • What project is going to take the most time?
  • What project do I know the most about?

If you can answer these questions, you're well on your way to being able to form a strategy to getting stuff done!

Find Support

A good support system in place is beneficial for reaching your son's full potential. With finishing classes and managing a heavy workload, stress can sometimes be inevitable especially when tests come into play. An article on GoConqr states that, "speaking to a family member or friend can highlight the bigger picture for you and empower you to rise above the exam stress." Having just at least one listening ear whether it be a friend, teacher, parent, or confidant to help your son with advice and plans to manage homework, and can be extremely beneficial to gaining that extra motivation needed to get through the end of the year activities.

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