10 Changes Teens Can Make To Be More Successful at Home

Youth Speaker - Jeff Yalden

Parents, this is a perfect blog to use when talking to your teens about what they can do at home in order to be more successful.

1.  Eat a Healthy Breakfast

The day always starts with a good breakfast.  Get up earlier and make sure before you head out that door, you have a nutritious breakfast.

2.  Make Sleep a Priority

Teenagers should be getting 7-9 hours of sleep.  Plan a bed time and set the alarm clock to wake up at a certain time.  How about 10pm to 6am or something like that?  Make it every night.

3.  Check Off Assignments that are Completed

When the assignment is done, put a check next to it.  This will make you feel a sense of accomplishment.

4.  Clean Out and Organize Your Backpack

What could by laying around in that backpack for months on end if you don’t clean it out weekly?  Every week, take everything out and reorganize.

5.  Keep a Homework Log

Record how much time you spend per night on each course.

6.  Organize Your Notebooks

Each class should have it’s own notebook and folder.  Organize it so that the current papers are on top.  Organize it by date or by sides of the folder.  Your notebooks should have dates written on the same spot of the page every day for every new set of notes.  This makes it easy to go back to that day’s notes.

7.  Identify a Time and Space to do Homework

The living room with American Idol isn’t the best location and place to be doing your homework.  Have a desk in your room where you are always ready and willing to sit down and concentrate.

8.  Increase Studying Time at Home

Focus on where and when you study.  The increase should be more about being present in what you are there to do rather than increasing by an hour a night.  This also means you turn your phone off and facebook too.  Eliminate the distractions so you can focus.

9.  Change the Way you do Homework

Again, I make sure you understand that there is no television, no music, no facebook, texting, phone, IM’ing, etc.  Turn it all off for that time you have to focus.

10.  Make Notes about the Things you don’t Understand

Not doing your homework and not understanding your homework are two different things.  Do the best you can, but when you don’t understand and you ask the next day, you at least made an effort.

I hope these tips allow you to refocus and make studying a priority.  It’s really the little things you do that make you successful.

** Jeff Yalden is a teen life coach and youth motivational speaker that speaks at high school assemblies and middle school assemblies.  Jeff talks to teens about bullying, choices, self-esteem, character education, respect, responsibility and all issues relating to teens.  Since 1992, Jeff has made a career out of speaking at school assemblies and teen leadership conferences.  For more information about Jeff Yalden, please visit www.JeffYalden.com or www.JeffYaldenBlog.com.

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Author:Jeff Yalden, Youth Motivational Speaker

Youth Motivational Speaker & Teen Life Coach. Since 1992, Jeff Yalden has been mesmerizing audiences with his engaging style and passion. Jeff is a story-teller that every where he speaks, he guarantees he is real and in the moment, perfect for every audience. He is one of a kind. He's interactive and nobody pours as much energy and passion into their programs that Jeff does. Guaranteed, Jeff will be a defining moment and a highlight of your students lives. www.JeffYalden.com

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