Study Skills and Organization

One thing that I haven’t mentioned before which has honestly been the biggest challenge during this school transition period has been learning how to study and take tests. Hannah and Jamilah have never experienced quizzes, tests, or exams before this.

The teachers have been great understanding their unique situation. Not only are they getting used to middle school but also school in general. They are learning that they have to especially keep up with the social studies and science material nightly even though they are on a block schedule and have those classes every other day.

Another challenge for them is to become more independent. I can help them nightly with homework and study skills, but they have to realize that they are on their own at test time.

This is a huge school with over 1000 students in grades 6-8. Their teachers can’t go behind them constantly to make sure their assignments are all turned in. I have been encouraging Jamilah make sticky notes for herself to help with her own organization. Their English teachers have also offered to stay after school to help the girls organize their writing portfolios which is a great offer.

4 responses to “Study Skills and Organization

  1. Assalamualaykum,
    Don’t worry, they’ll get there inshAllah!
    I’m still here reading because I feel like I’ve got to know you as an individual through this blog, its not just the homeschooling! Your family is part of my thoughts now, alhamdulillah, homeschooling or not!

  2. anonymousmuslimah

    Assalamo alaikum,

    This is an area that I feel I am letting my children down in. At times I feel like I am the one doing the work for them. They are just filling in the blanks. As they move into secondary age I should really let them be in charge of their own organization skills.

    Absolutely ditto on what Umm Rashid said; really my few blogging sisters are an integral part of my life, and even my children’s lives. They often ask questions about individual children and their interests etc. I am really keen to hear how you are all getting on inshaAllah.

    • Wa alaikum as salaam ummsalam, I also realized that I was also doing the work for them. Yahya told me that I had been doing it for him and he witnessed me doing it for the girls all in the name of “helping.” He is pretty much independent now with his work. From time to time, he will ask for assistance with Algrebra but he no longer wants me to do it for him. His observations were a real eye opener for me.

      I only follow a few sisters’ blogs as well. Those of you who visit here are also an integral part of my life.

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