Teenagers have a lot going on, and it can be a challenge for them to keep all of their different activities straight. School. Extracurricular activities. Maybe even a job. If you’ve had the opportunity to teach your student time management skills from the early learning years on up, then they’re probably starting to figure out how to implement some of those strategies on their own, exploring ways to manage their full lives.
But maybe it hasn’t occurred to you to help your student develop time management skills over the years. If so, there’s no better time than now to help them learn! Whether you’ve been teaching them all along or they are just learning how to schedule and manage their time well, you can use the tips below to guide them to develop and strengthen their skills.
Tips for the Learning to Reason Stage
Here are some tips for developing time management skills during the Learning to Reason stage of learning.
Realize that teens often work best at different times of the day. While some may bounce up ready to begin in the morning, many require more sleep at this age and may be more alert in the afternoon and evening. That makes this stage the perfect time to both challenge and allow freedom in time management training.
- Allow your teen some freedom in creating a personal schedule at this age. Give guidelines, such as what time school work needs to be finished or how late curfew will be, but then allow the freedom to decide what fits within those boundaries.
- Assign long-term projects and teach your student how to divide them into shorter pieces, working back from the final deadline to decide when each piece should be finished.
- Hold your student accountable. As homeschool parents, it is easy to give extensions. Instead, set deadlines for projects and hold your teen to them.
- Purchase a 4-Year High School Plan and show your high schooler how to record information and plan for important high school tasks, such as taking the ACT or SAT. Keeping good records now will make creating a transcript at the end of twelfth grade much easier.
- Have your student schedule his or her own school work for the year by demonstrating how to take assignments and divide them by the number of school days available.
- If time and transportation allow, consider encouraging your teen to get a part-time job and be responsible for being on time and ready for work.
Has your teen picked up on scheduling and time management skills by watching you, or does your personality prefer to take things as they come? Take our Planner Personality Quiz to discover your planner personality type and find other ways to help you and your student learn to manage time well.