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Ray Hutchins of Austin, Texas wanted his son to do well in highschool, he began quizzing him with questions.  When Glen wasn't sure with his answers it sparked an idea in Hutchins to write a book for his son.  He set up an adult-style calendar so he could organize his time and keep track of assignments, test dates and his grades.  Thus began the prototype of Hutchin's Time Tracker.

Some of Hutchins suggestions include:  paying attention to your child by asking questions about what is happening in school.  Spend just five minutes every evening checking school work.  And, encourage your teenager to stay on top of assignments and due dates.  Guide them to log in each test or assignment; then after two or three weeks, it's usually possible to calculate the grade to expect.  Help your youngster learn to prepare for tests by scheduling time in advance and not getting into the habit of putting it off until the night before.  

So, if there's a test on Friday, suggest he study 30 minutes on Tuesday, 30 minutes on Wednesday, and 90 minutes on Thursday.   Teach them to break the material for review into parts.  It will form good habit that works.  Once the have success, they'll see the value in it.  

Finally, teach your child to set a goal, organize his efforts, and follow through on it.  Hutchings says, "Once children feel success, you've changed them for life."

posted on: 8/21/2012 12:00:00 PM by Judy Warmington
category: The Mental Side

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