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Preparing for the new academic year
By Elizabeth Holtom
09 Sep
As children returned to school this week after the summer holidays I can never quite believe how fast the weeks have rushed by.
 
Although I don’t feel quite ready to turn my mind to preparing for the new academic year, I know I must.
 
The school uniform, new shoes and trainers will have been purchased, but have you considered the additional things that can be done to help prepare your child for a successful year of studying?
 
I thought it might be useful to list some of the things you can do to help your child get organised as they settle into the new term. Being organised is an important part of becoming a successful student and a smart learner.
 
Here are my three suggestions. More detailed information can be found in the Galore Park book Study Skills, the complete guide to smart learning.



1) Have a well-prepared workplace
It is important for your child to have a place to study.
  • Make sure it is well lit.
  • Keep it tidy
  • Have a good chair with good support
  • A bin
  • A clock or watch
  • A glass of water
 
2) Have the correct equipment
Here is a checklist for your pencil case:
  • Pencils
  • A rubber
  • A ruler
  • Highlighter pens
  • Protractor and a pair of compasses (science set)
  • Recommended calculator
  • Fine liners (coloured) or a small selection of coloured pencils
  • Gel pens
  • An ink pen and cartridges, if you use one
 
3) Here are some suggestions for your child’s workplace
The items you choose will depend on your child’s preferred strategies for effective learning. Again further details can be found in the Galore Park Galore Park book Study Skills, the complete guide to smart learning.
  • Felt pens (thin/thick)
  • Sticky notes
  • Numbered concertina file
  • Index cards and box
  • Subject dividers
  • Spiral-bound notepad
  • A3 paper for mind maps
  • Lined paper
 
In addition weekly planners are available as free downloads from galorepark.co.uk, these can be invaluable in helping to organise study time. Guides on how to use them can also be found in the Galore Park Galore Park book 
Study Skills, The complete guide to smart learning.
 
I hope this is a useful guide to help you get the new school year off to a good start.


Elizabeth Holtom, author of Study Skills, The complete guide to smart learning

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