That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week : Helping Disorganized and Distracted Boys Succeed in School and Life

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  • Copyright: 2010-01-05
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At last, the solution for getting disorganized boys back on track. Missed assignments. Lack of focus and enthusiasm. Falling grades. For too many boys and their frustrated parents, these are the facts of life. But they don't have to be. Top academic couselor Ana Homayoun has helped turn even the most disorganized, scattered, and unfocused boys into successful young people who consistently meet their personal and academic challenges. She does this by getting back to basics--starting with a simple fact: Most boys needs to be taught how to get organized, how to study, and-- most important--how to visualize, embrace and meet their own goals. With an accessible and no-nonsense approach, Homayoun shows how to: •Identify their son's disorganizational style •Help him set academic and personal goals he cares about •Design and establish the right "tools of the trade" •Complete assignments without pulling all-nighters •Help him tune out social pressure and fend off anxiety Much more than a study guide, this insightful, user-friendly book provides a roadmap for the success too many boys have trouble finding--in school and in life.

Author Biography

Ana Homayoun is founder and director of Green Ivy Educational Consulting, helping students improve GPAs and SAT scores, and gain admission to college. A graduate of Duke, she is a member of the Western and National Associations for College Admission Counseling. She lives in Northern California.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xi
Why Boys Struggle With Organization And Time Managementp. 1
The Reality of Multi-Taskingp. 4
The Parent Crutchp. 6
he Lure of Technologyp. 8
Sleep Deprivationp. 9
The Crippling Fear of the Unwise Choicep. 10
How This Book Can Helpp. 12
Summaryp. 13
Approach And Attitude: How Parents Factor Into The Equationp. 15
Creating the Positive Foundationp. 17
Have Cooperative Collaborative Meetingsp. 19
You Are Not Alone: Seek Like-Minded Friendsp. 19
Avoid Competitive Parentingp. 21
Bribery, Humiliation, and Negotiation Do Not Workp. 23
Your Son Does Care (He Just May Not Want You to Know It)p. 25
Make a Fresh Start and Just Let It Gop. 26
Accept Your Child for Who He Really Isp. 28
Let Him Take Ownership of His Successes and Mistakesp. 30
Summaryp. 32
Identifying Your Son's (Dis) Organizational Stylep. 33
The Over-Scheduled Procrastinatorp. 34
The Scattered Charmerp. 36
The Tech Masterp. 38
The Seriously Struggling Studentp. 40
The Creative Wonderp. 42
The Intellectual Conversationalistp. 45
The Sincere Slackerp. 47
The Seemingly Satisfied Underachieverp. 49
Summaryp. 52
Setting Academic And Personal Goalsp. 55
His Dreams, His Goalsp. 58
Three Academic and Three Personal Goals: Measurable and Specificp. 61
Why Setting Goals Is My Favorite Part of My Workp. 70
Summaryp. 71
p. Binders, Pla
The Elusive and All-Important Key: An Organized Binderp. 76
Creating Organized Bindersp. 82
Organizing Binders After the Grading Period Is Completep. 88
The Other Essential: Plannersp. 89
The Wired Challenge: PDAs and Online Homeworkp. 91
Summaryp. 93
Creating Space For Success: A Place To Studyp. 97
Beware of the Bedroomp. 98
Effective Study Spacesp. 102
What If the Bedroom is the Only Option?p. 108
Creating That Home Space: Supplies and Other Necessitiesp. 109
Final Thoughtsp. 110
Summaryp. 111
Scheduling Homework to Manage time Effectivelyp. 113
Study Habits That Work and Free Up Timep. 115
Summaryp. 127
Strategies For Quizzes, Tests, Projects, And Finalsp. 129
Proactive vs. Reactivep. 131
Designate Break Timesp. 133
Active vs. Passive Learningp. 133
How to Handle Quizzesp. 134
The Indispensable Flash Cardp. 138
Big Testsp. 139
A Word About Test Anxietyp. 141
Long-Term Projectsp. 145
Writing Essaysp. 148
Studying for Finalsp. 153
Final Thoughtsp. 155
Summaryp. 155
Healthy Mind, Healthy Body: Helping Your Son De-Stress, Recharge, And Growp. 161
Diet and Nutritionp. 162
Exercise and Sleepp. 167
Healthy Motivations Outside the Classroomp. 174
Emotional Balancep. 180
The Problem of Over-Schedulingp. 184
Summaryp. 192
Special Considerations: Students With Learning Differencesp. 195
The Particular Challenge of Parental Over-Involvementp. 197
The Psychological Fallout of Learning Difficultiesp. 204
Creating the Right Set of Accommodationsp. 207
Summaryp. 216
Special Considerations: Single Parent/Guardian, Separation/Divorce, And Two Householdsp. 219
Household Transitions Can Cause Major Upheavalp. 220
Separation and Divorcep. 222
With Divorce, Focus on the Parenting Planp. 225
Two-Household Challengesp. 227
Tips for Two-Household Familiesp. 230
Summaryp. 235
Special Considerations :Illnessp. 237
Short Term Illness: Cold, Flu, Strep, and Other Ailmentsp. 238
Chronic, Long-Term, and Life-Threatening Illnessesp. 246
When a Parent/Family Member is Sick or Diesp. 256
Summaryp. 261
Implementing The Strategiesp. 263
Sample Five-Week Strategyp. 265
Acknowledgmentsp. 269
Recommended Reading Listp. 271
Sourcesp. 273
List Of Worksheetsp. 275
Indexp. 277
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