02-11-2010 - MTFF: Is your teenager a Student or Entrepreneur?
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MTFF: Is your teenager a Student or Entrepreneur? Sent Thursday, February 11, 2010 
February 11th 2010
Weekly tips for better grades with less stress from The Grade Coach

A Note From Julie

Hi , I had a great time speaking at Northeastern University this past week.  I especially have to applaud the Women in Business Club. What a great bunch of young women! This club is truly an asset to NU. I was very impressed by the student involvement and approaches. I know that these women will make a big impact on the world.

As I was speaking with them I was struck by the contrast between the approach to time management in a "job" and what is required while still at school. The approach required while still at school is much more like that of a home based entrepreneur. I will be exploring this in more depth in this week's article.

My blog this week will continue to look into learning styles and their impact on time management. This week, kinesthetic learners are the focus.
I hope you enjoy this weeks articles.
Wishing happiness and success

Julie Baird


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Time Management for Students

Are you sick of your child coming home with grades that don't show how smart they really are? Are you tired of seeing them up all hours of the night trying to keep up with the work? Have they ever lost grades because they forgot about a test? Had no time to study? Forgot their books? Had too many things to do? Got distracted?

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    Is Your Teenager a Student or Entrepreneur?

    While working with students over the years and coming from a business background I have been struck by the similarities of issues that individuals face with managing their time. Focus, coping with distractions, planning, prioritizing, procrastination - these things surface no matter where someone is "working". However there are some distinct differences when it comes to students that cannot just be swept under the carpet, and can cause some conflicts between parents and student if not recognized. Most adults in this world work in a "job" environment. They have set office hours and while they may be flexible they are very aware when their working time is spilling into their private life. The motivation is to try and keep "work" in work and have social life at home.

    The issue is clear cut and by establishing firm boundaries the underlying behaviors can be targeted.

    For students the issue is not nearly as clear, and this becomes more extreme with the move from High School to College.

    A student's time situation is much more like a home based entrepreneur. Sure, there are some hard and fast timings, where classes and activities are booked, but the rest of the time is flexible and the requirement to focus to get everything done before a specific finish time every day is not apparent.

    The temptation is to treat the whole of your waking time as time available for work. This has a number of issues associated with it

    • Social and work activities fight for the same time slots and prioritizing becomes unclear
    • The amount of sleep time becomes the flexible buffer when things get hectic
    • With "so much" time available there is no drive to create a real focus while working
    • Work is perceived to fill all available time and it feels like there is no time to relax

    So what can be done? Here are a few ideas for students to try :

    1.       Decide what your core working hours will be

    This may be one slot or split into a few different slots depending on class and activity schedules

    2.       Keep school work within the core hours

    Designate the rest as "free time" that can be used for socializing, personal development and fun

    3.       "Free Time" becomes the buffer when things get hectic

    If you have a good distinction between these times, you will recognize when it spills over, ensure you provide focus and clears up your prioritization

    4.       Estimate how long it will take for pieces of work

    Book time with yourself within your core hours to do it; treat it like an appointment with someone else and stick to it. See how your estimate compares with the actual time it takes to complete and use that to learn for the future.

    5.       Plan in some fun activities

    Have some fun activities planned in to your "free time" so you will not be tempted to just let work spill over on a regular basis. This helps increase focus. Just ask any adult how much they get done the day before they go on vacation!

     Using this approach can not only create great focus and success while at school but it is great discipline for later life, regardless of the eventual chosen career path.

     If you or your child are struggling to control your time and get the results you know you are capable of then it is time to take action.  The Focused Time Management System TM for Students avoids all the clutter and gives you the most important things to focus on to get you back in control of your time and your life. It's all step by step, not a big mish mash of things. So you do step one of the system, and when you're done with that, you move on to step two, and so on. So easy!  All the tips, tools, and worksheets are handed to you on a silver platter.  E mail me at Julie@thegradecoach.com to arrange a time to chat over your issues and see if I can help

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