We know how important your involvement is in your child's education - we also know how difficult it can be to stay on top of all of the important steps in planning and preparing for college.  

Below you'll find this month's content - LEARN (info to know), DO (action to take), and TIPS (insights for success)


LEARN

Asking for help - a TRUE sign of maturity!

Think back to when you were a teenager…we often choose not to remember those times much, but what we do remember can usually be chalked up to “glory days.” 

Take a second to think about sitting in your high school class and having the teacher explain a new topic.  This topic is confusing; it is one that doesn’t seem to come naturally to you.  You feel lost and nervous.  

What do you do?  

Your student’s education is coming at them fast and furiously, at a much faster pace than ours ever did when we were in high school.  We know, that just like most teenagers, our kids prefer to be independent and figure things out on their own.  They usually aren’t fond of asking for help from the teacher or from you.

Did you know that learning how to ask for help is actually a strength, not a weakness?

Help your student see the value in asking for help when needed.  Encourage them to ask questions that describe what they do know and where they are stuck.  This type of “asking for help” actually promotes independent learning AND self-awareness.  When they are stuck with a concept or a skill, their initial effort combined with this new help will reinforce their learning.

You can model this behavior for them by asking for assistance if you need it, whether on solving a crossword puzzle or hanging a piece of art.  When they see that you do it with ease and confidence, they will start to take the initiative as well.  

Talking to your student about taking charge of their own education and the maturity and confidence it takes will help them become the college student they plan to be one day.  


DO

Talk to the Teacher

It's time for Parent-Teacher conferences, yes even in 9th grade.  (You actually want to be very involved at this time in their high school experience to help them start off strong in HS.)

Be sure to check-in on your student's progress.  It is always best to meet with teachers in person and ask them question about the grades, behavior, areas of strength, and areas that need improvement.  

Then, be sure to talk with your son or daughter about what their teacher said and how you are going to help them be the best 9th grader they can be!

If conferences have passed or you are unable to attend, teachers can easily be contacted via phone or email.  They will love your proactive concern and desire to partner with them on your teenager’s education.


TIP #1

Your 9th grader may need some help with their note-taking.  Ask them about how teachers expect them to take notes in class.  Give them any advice that you may have regarding their note-taking strategies - neatness, organization, and structure.

TIP #2 

Homework is the foundation of grades: when you put in effort each day and practice your new skills, test grades improve.  Help your student create a positive homework routine that works with his/her schedule and make sure they aren't overextending themselves.

 


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