Start the School Year S.T.R.O.N.G.

Jul 29, 2023 | La Jolla

Starting the school year strong is crucial for academic success, and building a strong foundation in math can greatly benefit a child's overall learning journey. With dedication and the right resources, they can develop the confidence and skills needed to excel throughout the entire school year.

The great news is that you don't need to wait for the school year to officially begin to start the school year S.T.R.O.N.G.! Follow the steps below to set your child up for year-round success, and reach out to Mathnasium for help taking math knowledge to the next level. You can worry about other things, because we got the math.


Set Good Habits

It's important to start setting, and sticking to, good habits as early in the school year as possible. Take the time to discuss what needs to be done each day in order to have lunches packed, homework finished, etc. You should also start setting good habits when it comes to approaching schoolwork with a positive attitude and a growth mindset.

Take the Time to Debrief Every Day

Between hectic work schedules, early morning departures, and after-school activities, you may not have as many opportunities to connect with your child as you enjoyed over the summer. When you inquire about their day, make sure you're asking engaging questions that yield more than a shrug on an "IDK" in response.

Regularly Check in on Goals

We all know how important it is to set goals, but make sure your family doesn't fall into the trap of setting great goals and then forgetting all about the goal until it's too late to take meaningful action. One way to make sure this doesn't happen is to set SMART Goals, and to check in often on progress.

Organize Your Work

In "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People", Stephen Covey talks about how important it is to organize your life on a weekly basis. He suggests this approach provides much greater balance and context, while still allowing you to adapt and prioritize daily. There are thousands of resources to help you start planning your day, week, and month - so find the one that works for you!

Never Stop Learning

As a parent, one of the best things you can teach your child is that mistakes are better viewed as learning opportunities. This is true in daily life and also in academia. Everyone is suffering from "Summer Brain" when it comes to some topics - especially in math. Encourage your child to continue learning (and making mistakes) as they remember the information they've covered previously!

Get to Know Your Educational Support System

It takes a village to raise a child. When it comes to your child's education, that "village" may include teachers, family, friends, and local learning centers. Identify who can best meet your child at their level and help them maintain their grades and confidence. Schedule a risk-free diagnostic assessment at Mathnasium to learn more about our program and the support we can offer!