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7 Effective Ways to Boost Your Teen’s 2nd Semester Performance In High School

You want your teen to grasp the skills, the savvy, the smarts needed to open the doors to success for college! But how? What exactly are you supposed to do with your 17 year old teen, your almost fully grown young adult, in order to see positive academic results?
 
Here are 7 Incredibly Helpful Tips for Teens to Really Boost Their 2nd Semester School Performance and Shine in the Eyes of Their Teacher:
  •  Tip #1: Picture the “A” student you want to be and go for it! Remember, teachers LOVE to see their students’ motivation and eagerness to learn, especially this second semester as we start to think about school next year, the expectations, the hopes and the eventual ease with college admissions.  
  • Tip #2: Participate in class – raise your hand even if you are NOT 100% sure of the correct answer. Demonstrate to your teacher your willingness to be a part of the lesson and your desire to learn.
  • Tip #3: Get to know your teacher a bit. Before class, after class, during office hours. Learn the value of connection with a professional adult so that when it comes time to ask an academic question, your communication flows with greater ease and you can even enjoy rapport with your teacher.
  • Tip #4: Make an appointment with your teacher if you need further clarification. Remember, your learning is your responsibility. Your 17 year old son or daughter is closer to becoming a full fledged adult than a kindergartener and we need to encourage our teens to advocate for themselves (even if they do not like the teacher!).
  • Tip #5: Read out loud, revise, re-write, and do it again.  Remember, there is no good writing on a first try. Help your teen accept that good writing means re-writing and to understand the value in brainstorming, editing, and revising. These habits can make all the difference in the world between an A paper and a B- paper.
  • Tip #6: Do your research on a new novel or short story. Encourage your teen to take 10 minutes to Google the author and reviews on this work; this will help connect the pieces of the work and further deepen your teen’s connection to the author’s purpose.
  • Tip #7 (for parents): Always look for the good, even if your teen struggles with writing, find three pointers to help his/her confidence by giving compliments with creativity, timeliness, and organization. There is always something positive with your child’s writing even if the grade does not show it sometimes!
Amy HaskellFor more help with your teen and his/her writing, to have one of our writing experts help your teen implement these tips, please email us at info@totalwritingenrichment.com
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