Addressing mental wellness concerns firstNo matter how perfect the strategies you develop are, your teen won’t be able to get onto the right education track unless he addresses any mental health concerns he’s struggling with. Begin with a thorough evaluation, perhaps starting with his family doctor and a therapist, to get the right diagnosis for the issues he is struggling with. Once your teen has a diagnosis in hand, he’ll be able to access the resources he needs. Some of these resources may also help him develop the effective strategies he needs to improve his performance at school.
Setting and sticking to boundariesYour teen needs to learn accountability. He can’t rely on you to constantly tell him what to do and when to do it. This is where an effective strategy of boundaries and consequences can come into play.
- Establish clear hours for him to focus on his schoolwork.
- He should also have a distraction-free area to work on his schoolwork and other projects.
- Place restrictions on how much time he uses his gadgets, such as gaming consoles or tablets.
- Make things very clear for him, so there is no room for confusion.
- “You can get more time gaming after you complete your history assignments for the week.”
- “You will get your phone back after your daily homework has been done.”
More tips to help him succeedThere are several other steps that you can take to help your teen form effective strategies to help him get his grades up.
- Ensure your teen is getting a full night of good rest. Sleep is an important part of keeping him bright and alert. Keep his bedtime structured and minimize distractions as bedtime approaches.
- Set aside plenty of time for studying. After school hours may be filled up with extracurricular activities. This can leave so little time for your teen to focus and study once he finally gets home and eats dinner. You could suggest that your teen reduce his extracurricular activities to have more time to focus on his education.
- Offer assistance but don’t do the work for him. Your teen may get frustrated and ask you for help. There’s nothing wrong with offering him a bit of help when he needs it. Just don’t take over and do the work for him. He won’t learn anything from this.