This semester I have worked closely with Dave*, helping him navigate personal and academic hurdles. As a rising junior, Dave enrolled in multiple AP classes, but the rigor and the work load were much greater than he anticipated. Instead of the single hour of homework he was used to, he now had several hours of work per class. At first, he was overwhelmed, anxious and disorganized. During Study Hall, I helped him use his planner to map out the amount of time each assignment would take and the order in which each assignment would be tackled. After just a few weeks of our daily planning meetings, Dave was calm and confident. Having a clear plan of what he needed to do and when it needed to be done made a world of difference. Dave now comes to Study Hall with a smile on his face and fills out his planner on his own. He feels capable and organized – not to mention, he is earning almost all A’s, and his teachers consistently compliment him on his excellent work.
* Students’ names have been changed in the interest of privacy.