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Back to school: How to help your child get organised for the new school year

With schools set to open on 9 January, parents are no doubt busy with the final shopping to get everything ready, from uniform to stationery and textbooks.

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This is the perfect opportunity to teach children how to stay organised for school, and it’s never too early (or late) to acquire organisational skills. Not only will the skills benefit them throughout their school career, but will also prepare them for life after school.

Use checklists

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One gets a certain sense of accomplishment from crossing items of a to-do list. It is especially useful for procrastinators and will keep students motivated to complete all their tasks.

Checklists can be used for anything from keeping track of homework assignments to household chores and recreational activities. Encourage your child to keep a notebook dedicated to listing school-related tasks, and tick them off as each item is completed.

Space to study

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A dedicated space is vital and instils a sense of responsibility. This could be a desk in the lounge or even the kitchen table — ideally a quiet spot with as few distractions as possible.

Get your child into the habit of unpacking their school bag when they get home and leaving it at the door. Take all homework material to the designated area where they can complete their assignments without distraction.

About that book bag

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Purge it at least once a week and file old assignments away. Throw out any debris, wrappers or scrap of paper and give the bag a good wipe down.

Collect all pens, pencils and other stationery items from the bottom of the bag where they inevitably go to die and return them to the pencil cases or the designated study area.

Folders, planners and notebooks

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Help your child set up a system to keep track of current assignments and notes. Organise papers in a binder or notebook and use dividers to separate different subjects. Alternatively, use different colour-coded notebooks.

Keep a separate “to do” file for all current projects, and a “done” file for completed projects. The “done” file will come in handy when it’s exam revision time.

Master calendar

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Set an example by keeping a large calendar for the entire family. Be sure to note all family activities on the calendar, as well as days off from school and work, and significant events or functions.

Encourage children to jot their extracurricular activities on the calendar as it will help them develop a sense of responsibility for their schedule.

Don’t forget to help out with homework if they are stuck on a particular project, and set an example by being organised.