09-02-2010 - MTFF: How to overcome back to school stress and get motivated
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MAKE TIME FOR FUN
Weekly tips for better grades with less stress from The Grade Coach
Sept 2nd 2010

A Note From Julie

Hi ,

 With 3 kids all starting new schools this year I have been seeing all the flavors of back to school stress played out under my nose. No matter how ready they are for the change, how excited they are about seeing friends again, there is always the fear of the unknown and the sadness (and resentment) over the loss of summer and freedom. I know I am not the only one whose last weeks of summer are spent in frustration and conflict! So this week's articles are around tips to help calm things down and proactively tackle the issues.

As well as the article below there are more in this week's blog. Check it out and leave your comments and some of your own tips  http://thegradecoach.com/coach/blog
 
I have also included a link to Amazon's student supply site which has some great savings just now on school and dorm necessities. Check it out under announcements.
 
Have a great week
 
Wishing happiness and successPlease forward this newsletter to
                        another parent or student
 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Back To School Savings From Amazon

Amazon have launched some new ways to save on your back to school and dorm supplies. I have special links that allow you to take advantages of the special offers, like free shipping.  Check them out here

 "Focused Time Management System - For School and Beyond"

This is my step by step home study system. I am really excited about this product because it will allow students who I cannot help personally have access to a lot of the same information and exercises that I use in my intensive coaching program. It is like having me with you in a binder! It is designed for older students (High school Junior and above) to use independently or for the parents of younger students to use to coach them through the process.
If you are ready to make a change and cut out the frustration and feelings or overwhelm then check it out www.timetipsforstudents.com

Free Teleseminar for Parents - "Focused Time Management: How to help your kids get the grades they deserve with less stress"

I will be holding more free teleseminars in the Fall, but for those who can't wait that long or want a jump start on Back To School I am making the recording available for anyone who signs up. If you know anyone who may be interested send them the link. http://thegradecoach.com/coach/ftms-parents-audio/

The tele class gives great tips and strategies that you can use to help build your child's time management and organization skills.

Public Speaking

If you know a group that you think would like to hear me speak at no cost please e-mail me.

The Grade Coach Blog

Each week there are 2-3 articles, developing ideas and allowing you a chance to give some feedback.  Check it out here

FEATURE ARTICLE

How to overcome back to school stress and get motivated

Back to school can be a stressful time for students. There is the fear of the unknown and the sadness (and resentment) over the loss of summer and freedom.

There are also positive aspects like catching up with old friends, meeting new ones.
For those leaving home for the first time it can be a mixture of the excitement of independence mixed with the fear of having to cope alone.
 
So what can help with this?
 
Unfortunately there is no miracle cure - but I can offer some tips that may get you through the worst of it.
 
Visualization is a powerful weapon against many forms of stress. It is also used to help performance. Think of all those athletes who practice over and over again - in their mind.
 
At the University of Chicago, a study was conducted to determine the effects of visualization on the free-throw performance of basketball players.
 
First, the athletes were tested to determine their free-throw proficiency. They were then randomly assigned to one of three experimental groups.
 
The first went to the gym every day for one hour and practiced throwing free throws.
 
The second group also went to the gym, but instead of physically practicing, they lay down and simply visualized themselves successfully shooting.
 
The third group did nothing. In fact, they were instructed to forget about basketball: 'Don't touch a basketball - don't even think about it!'
 
At the end of 30 days, the three groups were again tested to determine their free-throw proficiency.
 
The players who hadn't practiced at all showed no improvement in performance; many in that group actually exhibited a drop.
 
Those who had physically practiced one hour each day showed a performance increase of 24 percent.
 
Here's the clincher: the visualization group, by merely imagining themselves successfully shooting free throws, improved 23 percent!
 
Imagine that. Just visualizing was almost as effective as actually physically doing the action.
 
Now apply that to school.
 
If a student can visualize themselves being successful, having a good day, making new friends, being a good student - that is half the battle.
 
Practicing that mentally regularly before schools startsallows the situation to be comfortable before they even arrive.
 
Throughout the year the visualization can support the behaviors that they want to develop. Sitting down to study, remembering information, taking tests etc
 
Visualization is a skill, but fortunately we are all born with it - when we are young it is called "imagination".
 
Get your imagination to work, imagine all the positive things you want to happen. See them clearly in your mind. Go over it till you feel it is real. Then go out and conquer the world!


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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