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Time management is a skill that directly affects how your child performs at school and life in later on. When your child manages his/her time well, several learning benefits are realized. He/she tends to learn more effectively, and becomes efficient at accomplishing learning tasks. In addition, the propensity to develop stress and anxiety associated with being overwhelmed is minimized.

Most tweens and teens genuinely believe that they study a lot. Some even imagine that they study all the time! In reality, this is far from the truth. A lot of the time is spent on nonproductive work.

You can help correct your child’s misconception about time by engaging them in a time-use assessment activity. There are two important dimensions to this skill. One is how they use their time to prepare for tasks, and two, how they use their time while performing the. In the next few series we will explore strategies you can apply to support your child become efficient at managing his/her time at home and even at school. A time assessment activity will help your child account for his/her time as well as to develop a logical view of how much study and revision times they have left. It requires your child to keep track of everything they do for an entire week; from the time they wake up to the time they go to bed. This assessment is performed using a customized time worksheet to track time in small batches of between 30-60 minutes. At the end of the week, they add up the totals for each task, then for all the tasks together. (You can request for the Time Expenditure Worksheet by sending an email to [email protected]

In our next post we shall guide you on how to use the data from the Time Expenditure Worksheet to help your child use his/her time in the most beneficial manner.