1. Time Management: One of the biggest differences I see between struggling and high achieving students is efficiency. The ability to plan out your day and week stems directly from the skills you learned as a student. From essay deadlines to afters school sports, encourage your child to plan out their week in order to fit everything in, including down time! They’ll thank you when they grow up to be efficient adults.
2. Discipline and Prioritize: When I see a student falling behind in school, it usually comes from one of two things: lack of understanding due to class structure or the simple refusal to do work. The latter most commonly comes from the belief that schoolwork will take hours so getting started can be an obstacle all on its own. If you can teach you students to put aside everything else and just buckle down for a couple hours, it will be way easier than you think! As an adult, they will know how to tackle difficult tasks without hesitation and be confident enough to try new things.
3. Writing: This one I can’t stress enough. Learning how to clearly communicate ideas is a skill that you will use in any profession. Essay writing should actually focus on communicating ideas with fewer and more effective words. Students today area always trying to hit a certain word count so papers are packed with filler words that just make things seem redundant. Instead, aim to use strong, focused language and their future emails and meetings will be a breeze.
4. Not Procrastinating: We are ALL guilty of this… putting things off to the last minute creates so much stress and if there’s one thing that every adult is constantly trying to do, it’s reduce stress! First, we must teach students to break up assignments and focus on how good they’re going to feel when it’s all done instead of how much they don’t want to start the task.
5. Problem Solving: Here’s the question we get all the time: when am I ever going to use this again in my life? And I can’t lie, will you every use algebra again in your life? Honestly, probably not. HOWEVER, logic and problem solving skills come from math. Whether you’re building something, organizing a party, or figuring out how to divide tasks amongst a group of people, problem solving skills will be put to the test!
“In conclusion, all students must be taught to persevere. Work actually gets more difficult as an adult and there are only more things to balance outside of your work life as you get older. Students must be taught to not give up and keep pushing because only then will you accomplish what you’ve set out to do.”