By Huntington Learning Center of Melbourne

It is back-to-school time, which means your student is transitioning from life filled with trips to the pool, hanging out with friends, and other leisurely activities to school-year mode. But not to worry!

“There are several things you can do that are immensely helpful in getting students ready,” says Barbara Samra of the Melbourne Huntington Learning Center.

Samra offers these six back-to-school tips: 

1. Set goals. Goal-setting is a great way to help your child reflect on last school year and think ahead about what he or she wants to accomplish and avoid this year. Talk with your child about the things he or she is excited and anxious about and have him or her set several goals and measurable milestones. You can do this during the first week of school.

2. Organize the desk and home. Get your house back into “school shape” by designating spots for important school papers that come home, a family calendar, backpacks, shoes and jackets, and a homework station. Your child’s homework station could be a desk in a bedroom or other room. Make sure it is stocked with the supplies he or she will need for the school year, and have your child help get the space ready.

3. Reestablish a schedule. Talk with your child about the school-day routine, including wake-up time, school hours, homework time, dinner time and any extracurricular activities in which he or she will participate during the week.

4. Review school work and information. Being prepared will help your child ease into the first weeks of school. Review assignments, spelling words and other work from the previous school year. Amp up the reading these final few weeks of summer. And find out as much as possible about what is to come: your child’s teacher, class schedule, classroom locations and more.

5. Set a positive tone. A child who struggled last year might dread going back to school, so it is important to help him or her get into the right mindset for school success. Let your child know that you are there to support him or her no matter what. Talk about things he or she is looking forward to this year — and offer ideas if he or she needs some encouragement — and point out some of the good parts of last year. Be optimistic and encourage your child to embrace the same outlook.

6. Arrange for tutoring help if needed. If last year was difficult, don’t wait to reach out for help this year. Help your child build his or her skills, preparedness and confidence with a customized, one-to-one tutoring program.

Huntington Learning Center of Melbourne provides tutoring solutions for all grades and subjects. For more information about one-on-one tutoring programs, contact Barbara Samra of the Melbourne Huntington Learning Center at (321) 757-0379, huntingtonmlb@aol.com or visit www.huntingtonhelps.com.

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