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12/30/2014
Statistics show that of those who make New Year’s resolutions, only 8% succeed and complete their resolution by the time the year has come to an end. The Tutoring Center in Lansdale would like to help you and your child create some great goals for the new year that will be beneficial for the rest of the school year as well as aiding your child in more long term efforts.

Set Realistic and Specific Goals

- It is easy to get carried away with goals, and though dreaming is wonderful and even planning for difficult goals is recommended, remember to help your child make realistic goals. 
- Make sure that your child’s goals are specific

* If the original goal is for an ‘A’ in a subject, determine whether this is on one assignment, the final project, or throughout the entire class.
* If your child has a goal to have “good grades” help him or her define what that means.
* In a class in which your child is having difficulty, you may find that a ‘B’ is an acceptable goal and that your child will be working diligently in order to get achieve it.
* In a class in which your child is excelling, set a higher goal of an ‘A+’.

Make an Action Plan

After setting realistic goals you should take the time to help your child develop a plan to achieve these goals. If, for instance, your child has the goal of getting an ‘A’ on the next history test, you could consider outlining the goal as follows:

- Study for 45 minutes each day for 1 week before the test
- Study in 15 minute intervals, having 5 minute breaks between
- Ask for help if there is something you do not understand
- Rewrite your notes from class to help study
- Go to sleep at 9pm the night before the test
- Wake up and eat a healthy breakfast
- Achive an ‘A’ on the test

Reflection on Goal and Results

Once the goal date has passed, whether or not the goal was completed as desired, ensure that your child has some time to reflect on the goal, by answering some of the following questions: 

- If the goal was not achieved completely, what could have been done differently? 

* Would 1 hour and 30 minutes of studying helped more?
* Should your child have studied with another person from class or a tutor? 
* What was the best part about the experience or setting the goal?
* If your child is disappointed by the results, what can you do to help?

 Your child may choose to write down these reflections to keep as advice for the next time. If that is the case, read more about writing in a journal.  Your child may want to keep it simple and talk out the goals and reflections with you. 

Should you decide that your child will benefit from having a tutor to help achieve the academic goals he or she has set, remember The Tutoring Center has a professional tutoring staff ready to assist you. For tutoring in Lansdale, contact us at (215) 855-6744.

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