3 Tips to set your child up for maximum success this year

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Written by Simon Lewicki

Today I am going to show you three simple ways to set your child up for success this year. 3 simple, yet powerful ways. These will work regardless of year level. These 3 methods were taken from documenting the at-home practices of my top-performing students. They helped them stand out and achieve great results. All without impacting on their personal interests! 

Let’s dive in! 

Our first tip is about the swamp. Also known as, your child’s room. 

I am not going to waste your time referring to all the studies that show the environment you work in matters. We all know that. I am going to explain what I have seen work and what they had in their environment.

Let’s go! 

Environment plays a critical role in everyone’s life, whether they are 75 or 10. In saying that, getting this right for your child is more important. It will make them more productive and take some pressure off of you. Win, win! 

What makes a good environment? 

A few things… 

First off, 

FUNCTIONALITY 

Everything they need is within reach. This includes a space for their iPad (such as a stand), pencils, pens, notebooks, and space to spread out worksheets. If the workspace becomes frustrating, your child will become distracted and agitated. This will limit their output. 

Ensure they have a big enough desk and that there is space for them to be productive. During assignment periods, they will need to spread work out across the desk, prepare in advance and make sure they have enough space. We don’t want them using the kitchen table every time there is an assignment. 

DISTRACTIONS 

Next and this is the big one, especially in the earli- oh look! A squirrel! 

Yup, distractions! Need to limit these as much as possible! 

NO squirrels allowed! None! 

This will vary from child to child, you’ll know what to remove to ensure their success. I’m not saying take it all outside and launch it over the neighbours fence. This tip is more about limiting access and removing clutter from your child’s environment. 

Distractions aren’t always devices, it could be a mini basketball hoop on the door. Even then, what is distracting to one child, helps another focus. Discretion needed. 

For example: 

I had two very capable students, both had limited access to their iPads each night. This created a good habit of getting their work done earlier in the night and playing later in the night. They consistently got work done early and to a good standard. Homework never impacted their sporting commitments, because it was always done early and before it was due. This works, try it out. 

CONSISTENCY 

Our next and last tip for the environment side of things. Consistency. 

ConsistencY of environment, that is. 

Yes, that ‘Y’ was an ironic joke, good eye! 

Nice and simple this one, but I’ll show you what worked for my best students. 

Make your child’s environment bamboo! 

That’s right, we are now looking at bamboo. 

Why? 

Bamboo is both amazingly strong AND flexible. 

That’s what we need. The last two years have been the exact opposite for your child. Let’s future-proof their workspace this year. 

Here’s how: 

– Make sure the workspace is in the same spot. Wherever you choose, don’t change it. If they have a desk in their room, great. 

Don’t have your child sit at the table one night and then outside the next. Of course, at times, it’s okay to have them sit where you can see them. What we don’t want is too much change. 

– Ensure the workspace can work for both online learning and physical. 

Here’s hoping we never go back to online learning but prepare now and your child won’t be interrupted. 

This is very simple to do. Ensure there is space for an iPad and a workbook at their dedicated space. As a plus, this could help watch educational videos while studying too! 

That is all for today! Next time we’ll dive deeper into other areas of consistency. Including, scheduling and routine. We’ll take a look into the power of scheduling and show you a method taught by a serial entrepreneur. They used this method to make themselves a fortune, your child can use it to achieve ultimate success at school and beyond! 

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Until then, keep learning, keep growing and keep asking questions!