My son started his Spring semester classes this week. It was definitely a different feeling for him starting this semester than his first semester. He was more relaxed than he was on his first day last semester.
Last semester presented some challenges for him, especially in time management and organization. During his 4 week break, we spent time discussing with him what went really well last semester and what could be improved. We spent a lot of time discussing strategies that could help him with his time management: creating a daily schedule, creating study plans for himself, asking others to check in with him as accountability partners (not nags), etc.
He received his English syllabus a week ahead of time. He looked that over and put some due dates on Google calendar. He received his Geography syllabus at the end of last week. Looked at it and panicked a little bit! We talked him through it. It’s all good. His geography class is an online class which means he needs to be diligent in creating time to study and work for it.
Which brings us to this week. The other day he was hanging out, walking around downstairs in circles, not being very productive. He had work that could have been done, but he was roaming like he didn’t have a care in the world.
I asked him, “Are you going to create a study plan for yourself this week or are you just going to wing it?”
“Since it is the first week of the semester, I think I will just wing it.”
I very kindly told him that was the wrong answer. Please try again.
I will be on the couch with chocolate…..