Archive for September 19th, 2014

Tips for Teens on Getting Organized

Many parents have recently expressed concern for their children who are entering middle or high school.  They are worried that their children are not prepared for the workload and demands on organization and planning.  Unfortunately most schools do not directly teach these skills even though a high premium is placed on them.  Below you will find some tips that may help your children:

  • If you work well with technology, use organizer software on a computer or smart phone
  • Retype your class notes and save them (with dates and course titles) on your computer. You might also want to save a copy on a flash drive.
  • Write reminders on self-stick notepads or keep list pads around your room, by your desk, in your notebooks, and even by your bedside to write down things as your think of them. Be sure to collect these notes and consolidate all of the reminders on a single “to-do” list every day.
  • Divide your notebooks into sections for each subject. Hole punch and insert handouts or assignments in the appropriate notebook sections. Be sure to use dividers, and consider using different colored tabs for each subject.
  • Create a system for tracking papers. A file cabinet might work well, or you can find a cardboard box large enough to fit file folders, label a folder for each subject, and insert papers in the appropriate file folders in the box.
  • Make a daily list of everything you need for classes, labs or meetings. Include reminders for money, transportation and food. Check the list every morning before leaving your room so that you know what you have to do

This is not an exhaustive list but it is important to remember that like most other skills, these skills take practice and time before they become routine.  You can help your children by teaching them how to use these skills from the first day of school.  If you have any questions about these skills, please e-mail or call David Krasky, Psy.S. at davidkrasky@aol.com.


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