There's that famous quote that holds true in almost every area of life: "Eighty percent of success is showing up."

For our purposes though, let's amend it slightly:

Eighty percent of school success is showing up AND staying organized.

I've worked with tremendously gifted students for whom learning came easy, but their performance in school did not reflect their true abilities. I've also worked with many students over the years who struggled to pick new things up, but managed to keep at it, stay motivated, and achieve success.

Surprisingly, it's organization that usually makes or breaks students' level of success in school, because it's one of those "cornerstone" habits that impacts almost ever other area in their academic lives (here's how to help develop it).

So whether your child is in elementary school and just starting to get the school routine down, in middle school and figuring out how to manage the increased workload in their classes, or in high school and getting prepared for upper-level courses, SATs, and college applications...

In today's post, you'll find a list of 12 school organizing tips for you to use to start off the year strong.

These include:
  • Setting up a regular meeting time with your son or daughter to talk about assignments, what's going on in class, and upcoming tests
  • Establishing a nighttime routine that all but guarantees a smooth, productive morning the next day
  • Using color coding to keep binders and notebooks organized, and increase the chances that they'll remember what they have due
These techniques and habits can have a huge impact on organization, grades, and learning, not only the beginning of this school year, but for months (and years) to come.

Additionally, as a new school year bonus, we decided to put together a webinar next week on September 6th: Organization 101: Tips, Tools, and Techniques for a Successful School Year.

In the webinar you'll learn:
  • How to use routines and habits to help your kids (and family) get, and stay, organized
  • What your role as a parent should really be (hint: it's not the Homework Police), and how to talk to your kids without being labeled the "bad guy."
  • How to use techniques like the Clean Sweep, The Homework Folder, and the Launching pad to virtually guarantee homework makes it home, gets done, and makes it back to school again on time
And don't worry if you can't make it on the 6th, we'll have a recording available for you as long as you register.

Just click the link below to reserve your spot. 

Talk to you then,

- Ann