New Year, New Student!
With 2021 behind your child, now is a great opportunity to embrace a new
mindset and a good attitude. “A new school year is a new chapter, but so is a new calendar year,”
says Operator Full Name of the City Huntington Learning Center. “If your child had a few
challenges in the fall semester, the New Year is well timed and a symbol of hope and change.”
Last Name offers a few tips to help your child embrace the idea of a fresh start and turn things
1. Reflect on the fall semester. Your child should be honest with you and themselves about
what the first half of the school year brought about, both good and bad. Discuss
everything from difficult subjects (and poor grades) to teacher relationships. What does
your child think they need to improve most of all?
2. Set goals. New Year’s and goal setting go hand in hand. After reflecting, have your child
talk about what they want the rest of the school year to look like. Help them set realistic,
achievable goals and smaller milestones to work toward them. For example, if your
struggling student ended the fall semester with a C in math, lay out the steps to do a
better job keeping up with homework, reach out to the teacher when homework gets hard
(rather than struggle in silence) and study more effectively for quizzes and tests.
3. Keep it real about failure. Many children view mistakes as failure, but it’s important for
you as their parent to remind them that everybody encounters tough times. Mistakes are
an opportunity for self-improvement and growth. So, if the fall semester wasn’t what
your child or you hoped for, that’s ok. The turning of the calendar to a brand-new year is
your child’s chance to reset and try again.
4. Keep it positive. It’s not easy to talk about school difficulties without some emotion, but
try to hold back your judgment and let your child talk as much as possible. Getting
frustrated and upset will not help the situation. While you should be involved and
supportive, any action plan set must be owned by your child. Let your child know that
you believe in their ability to make positive changes and that you’ll be on hand when they
want help, advice or support.
5. Get detailed about how to turn each problematic grade around. While your child’s
mindset and outlook are crucial, they also need to lay out the tactical pieces of the game
plan. Encourage your child to:
o Talk with the teacher about the areas they’re struggling with most.
o Strategize how they will raise low grades.
o Develop a homework routine that will help them be more successful.
o Get organized if this has been problematic so far this school year (e.g., lost
Huntington Learning Center of Pleasanton
Call 1-800 CAN LEARN to discuss how we can help your child make this year their best one
Date: Wednesday, January 12