How to help your child with time management

Simple ways to encourage valuable time management skills.

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Time management is fundamental in order to work progressively and achieve academic goals without stress and with increased efficiency. Westlake International School (WIS) has always taken the stance that it is vital to instil the importance of time management from a young age to ensure students develop accordingly throughout their school-going years.


What are the effects of a lack of time management skills?

Procrastination: When school work and assignments are left to the last minute, children end up feeling stressed by deadlines causing them to produce work that will not be up to standard.

Lower grades: There must be a balance between study and leisure time to keep up good grades and test scores. Ensuring academic priorities are followed is the key to scoring well.

Chronic lack of sleep: Sleep is vital for children and when too much time is spent on devices, there is a good chance their sleep patterns will be disrupted. This affects their behaviour and level of alertness during the day, which can lead to a lack of attention paid in class.

Unhealthy eating habits: Staying up late also contributes to unhealthy eating habits especially when catching up on schoolwork and studying. This leads to sleep deprivation, sleeping in longer and the inability to wake up on time. Skipping meals becomes the norm and so an unhealthy cycle begins, which can lead to medical problems.

Lack of punctuality: Bad time management habits means always running late even if there is a sense of urgency. Punctuality is important to keep track of a schedule and being late disrupts plans for the child and others too. This takes a mental, physical and social toll; and can negatively impact relationships with peers and parents.


Manage time better!

Parents and schools play an important role in guiding children to manage their time, and methodologies vary according to age and capability.

Make time management fun: Interactive tasks are important and allow the child to be involved, e.g., use a points-based system for completing daily tasks. At WIS, boarders are introduced to scheduling that helps stay aligned with after-school activities (evening sports, tuition, shower, dinner). After dinner, they have their preparatory time to complete homework and revision. Teachers assist boarders twice a week with academic coaching, and day students also benefit with simple techniques like using a daily planner to keep track of the day.

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Explain how time is measured: For extensive time management planning, children need to understand the concept of time – what five minutes, half an hour and an hour feels like and how long they need to complete their activities. This helps with planning and estimating how long specific tasks should take.

Manage time together as a family: Setting an example is crucial as children follow parents and siblings, and it is easier to put into practice if they witness it within the family.

WIS preparatory time for boarders ensures they are aware of how to manage their time wisely with revision and homework and are guided by WIS teachers who come in for Academic coaching. Each boarder is mentored, and their progress is tracked and supervised by boarding house parents and teachers.

Don't overschedule, and schedule free time: A balanced schedule must include downtime and playtime to ensure children are well rested and active throughout the day. Overscheduling can lead to exhaustion and negatively impact their view on time management. Time management should be tackled in a fun and easy way rather than as a chore.

Establish priorities: Some may find it difficult to prioritise tasks especially when working towards several goals like the Duke of Edinburgh programme, exams and personal life. Guiding them to complete tasks in an orderly manner will ensure they have a better understanding of prioritising. A simple yet effective way that WIS practices is the use of school planners to help the students manage their time wisely and stay focused.

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Each child adapts differently, and some may take some time to get used to a routine so it is important to set a good example.  Time management is all about investing time and energy on what needs to be done.

Westlake International School is an affordable boarding school focusing on incorporating academic and life skills within its curriculum. It prides itself on offering an enriched learning experience, a safe and secure environment and experienced teachers who will guide your children towards their academic goals.


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