As the academic year draws to a close, it’s important for parents to help their high schoolers finish off strong. This final push can not only impact their current academic success but also set the tone for the upcoming year. Here’s how you can support your teen in this crucial phase:

Encouragement and Motivation: Maintain a positive and encouraging home environment. Acknowledge the hard work your child has put in throughout the year and the importance of finishing strong. Small words of encouragement can significantly boost their motivation during this busy time.

Organized Study Habits: Help your high schooler develop a structured study plan for the remaining weeks. This plan should prioritize tasks, focusing on areas that need the most attention. An organized approach can reduce stress and increase productivity.

Balancing Rest and Work: While studying is important, so is rest. Ensure your teen is getting enough sleep, eating healthily and taking breaks. This balance is crucial for maintaining their energy and focus.

Offering Support: Be available to help, whether it’s with studying, organizing notes or simply lending an ear. Your involvement shows that you’re invested in their success and are there to support them.

Managing Stress: End-of-year exams and projects can be stressful. Teach your child stress management techniques such as deep breathing, meditation or exercise. Helping them manage stress will not only benefit them academically but also personally.

Setting Goals: Discuss short-term goals for the end of the year. Setting clear, achievable goals can help keep your teen focused and give them a sense of accomplishment as they meet each one.

Celebrating Achievements: Plan to celebrate their hard work and achievements at the end of the school year. This celebration can be an added incentive and a way to acknowledge their effort and success.

By providing support, structure and encouragement, you can help your high schooler finish the academic year strong, building momentum for their future studies.

About the author
Marc Zawel

As author of Untangling the Ivy League, Marc literally wrote the book on gaining admission to highly selective colleges. He earned a BA from Cornell University – where he met AcceptU’s co-founder – and an MBA from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At UNC, Marc chaired the admissions advisory board; he has also conducted alumni interviews for Cornell for more than fifteen years.

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