Help Your Child Manage Procrastination
Does your child start school assignments too late and struggle to finish on time? Here's how you can help your student with time management.
Does your child put off starting a paper until the last minute? Do you often find him up late, slaving away to finish an assignment the night before it's due?
You may feel helpless watching your child endure the pangs of looming deadlines and new and challenging assignments. Unfortunately, there is no easy solution. Although you can't do the work for your child, your support, encouragement and understanding is important.
Many students have difficulty managing their time as they begin to juggle class work, extracurricular activities and jobs. Most don't schedule enough time to get their work done and also maintain their commitments at school and home.
Most assignments your child is given probably resemble work he's done before. He should try to estimate how long it will take him based on past experience. It can be helpful to break assignments down into their components. For example, when writing an essay he should estimate how long it will take to:
- Review all the materials
- Develop ideas
- Write each page
- Edit her writing
- Get someone else to review it
- Take breaks
Instead of just saying: "I'll work on it after school," your child should try to create a concrete plan of when he will work on each part of the assignment. It's a good idea to give himself more time than he thinks he needs in case something unexpectedly takes longer.
In the case of a new or unusual assignment, your child should try to compare it to other assignments wherever possible. For example, if he's never written a 20-page paper before, he can assume each five pages of his 20-page paper will require about the same time. He should schedule in extra time to tie each part of the essay together.
Your child will need to take breaks periodically. It's important for him to rest his eyes, keep his blood flowing and relax mentally. Sometimes a quick walk around the block will refresh and reinvigorate his mind ? and get his creative juices flowing again.