Why Planning and Time Management Skills are Vital to Your Child’s Success at School

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From keeping track of assignments and due dates, to preparing for upcoming tests and exams, staying on top of classroom obligations and school work can be a daunting task for many children.

Kids who struggle to budget their time wisely commonly have difficulty estimating how long it will take to complete a task, and will frequently need to rush through their homework or stay up very late to complete assignments.

Children who don’t understand how to set priorities and goals are commonly ill-prepared for tests, and don’t always invest the time needed to produce higher quality work. Even if your child is proficient in a certain subject, he may still receive poor marks if he fails to prepare the time needed to study up and complete assignments.

How Planning and Time Management Impact Learning


  • Planning and Time Management skills help kids to leave enough time to complete a reading assignment, or to recognize when they might need time to reread complex material. They helps kids understand what they need to read in order to learn about a particular subject.


  • Time Management and Planning skills help kids utilize their time effectively while organizing ideas and generating a written product. Time Management skills are essential for gauging the amount of time needed to produce written responses during test and quiz questions, while Planning skills are vital for pre-writing tasks such as brainstorming, outlining, and using graphic organizers.


  • Time Management helps kids develop a number sense, as it relates to the amount of time and effort they may need for academic tasks — and the more closely they manage their time, the more math involved. Planning skills help students think ahead about the type of problem that needs to be solved, and which mathematical concepts that should be applied. Planning is also helpful for determining the steps necessary to complete complex word problems. 


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