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Midterms have come and gone. Spring Break will soon be a distant memory. The days are getting warmer, and what's left of the school year can be counted in weeks. But for students, the arrival of spring brings a tendency to lose motivation and drift.
Although we really shouldn't complain about the winter we have had; after a long winter indoors, the warm temperatures and sunny days can be major distractions for students. This can tend to make it challenging to stay focused on schoolwork.

Even though it's beautiful outside, and the school year is winding down, it's very important that students not slack off. Students who have worked hard all year may see a backward slide in their grades if they don't maintain their school motivation.

Is it too late to make a difference? Every spring, many students wish they were in a better academic position, but is it too late to improve? While there may not be any 'quick fixes', students can quickly pick up better learning habits that can immediately help them in the back-stretch of the school year.

"Will I pass? Will I get all my assignments done? I hate exams! How will I handle next year??" Anxiety levels are on the rise among both kids and parents as students head into 'spring crunch time' at schools across the country.

Relax! Take a breath of that fresh spring air! There are things you and your kids can do to ensure that this spring and the remainder of the school year are successful and stress free.

1. Dust Off That Agenda. Agendas have kept students organized throughout the school year and now's not the time to leave them forgotten in lockers or at the bottom of a school bag. Need to renew the drive to succeed? Flip through the agenda for a reminder of everything that has been achieved so far this year.

2. Work Towards a Goal. It's easy to coast for the rest of the year, but rather than slacking, set a goal and work towards it. Whether it is by fine-tuning study skills or pulling up a math grade, having a goal to work towards makes staying on task easy.

3. Take On Extra Credit Projects. Students that need a leg up (whether to pull up grades or to secure a university admission) can really benefit from extra credit projects. Talk to teachers about bonus projects or assignments. Teachers look favourably on students who make an effort, and this is especially important when it comes to creating final report cards.

4. Make Better Grades Your Mantra. To get better grades you have to do the work. To do the work, you have to be motivated, which is challenging this time of year. Create daily reminders of what the goal is -- write 'I want better grades' in your agenda, put it on 'post its' by your bed, and repeat it to yourself while walking the dog. The more you say it, the more you'll believe it!

5. Get Extra Help. End-of-year projects and exams can stress out even the most organized students. Enlist the help of a professional tutor to help manage current workload, stay motivated, and learn helpful tips to make studying for finals stress-free!

Once you've made it successfully through the spring, we can look forward to a fun filled summer of lazy days, and yes, even some more learning. Summer really is the best time to help kids catch up and get ahead for the next school year. Remember, learning doesn't stop just because school is out!


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