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Jennifer O'Donnell

Improving Academic Skills in Middle School

By April 29, 2013

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Middle school can be a frustrating transition for tweens as they take on more and more academic responsibility. As frustrating as it can be, it's so important that your child develop certain academic skills, such as prioritizing and keeping up with assignments without your help. He'll need these skill in high school (and beyond) so now's the time to develop them.

Of course, it can be difficult for parents to know when to take charge ("Do your homework now!") and when to back off. If you're unsure about how involved you should be, try this. Give your child the chance to tackle his work on his own without your interference. If he does it, give him even more space to continue to develop his skill set. If he doesn't, you know you need to remain involved a little longer -- but continue to encourage him to take the lead.

June 11, 2013 at 5:59 am
(1) Danielle says:

I think 7th grade has been the most frustrating year! My daughter is so intelligent but is also just as lazy! Unless I am yelling, “do your homework” it won’t get done! I try to tell her that good study habits for high school and college begin now, but it goes in one ear and out the other! We’ve hired a tutor, for the second year in a row. Last year we dealt with a divorce and a big move. But no matter how much yelling or threatening to take away the iPhone or the ipad, it doesn’t matter. I’m hoping with age comes maturity.. We have 1 year left before high school! God help us all!!!

June 24, 2013 at 5:28 pm
(2) Karen says:

Danielle,I have the same problem with my adorable, loving daughter. She was a straigt As in Science and a B student in Math. 7th grade she Flunked the entire year as well as 1/2 the semester of Math. I told the school < I thought maybe she has ADD they said no, had her tested and she has moderate to high. Things like' your lazy, Why dont u try? Your not listening to me? what is wrong with You? flew out of my mouth alot, Unless I sat with her and threaten electronic repossesion did she listen. In the end the kid pull through, Keep in mind? she is on Straterra, non addiction and Non stimulant this is for a year. I sincerely see my daughter has improved as far as being shy and paying attention. I just wanted to share .. Thanks

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