Some of you know I've recently added student organizing to my services, and I thought I would share a little of why and how this idea came onto my radar.
First off - what is it? Student organizing involves getting to know how a learner works, thinks, and plans most effectively, then implementing a plan that allows them to do and be their best at school. It combines many areas - physical study space, paperwork, time management, goal setting, supplies, tools, and technology (so many of my favorite things!). Taking into consideration the atmosphere and interactions of the entire family, a solid student organizing plan teaches skills that not only assist with studies, but carry forward into all areas of life.
Second - why does it fit with SkillSet Organizing? When I was a young teacher, I was always aware of the classrooms and colleagues that seemed organized and "together" vs. the ones that, well...weren’t. Students responded to these environments accordingly. Conversations I've had with teachers since then (especially substitute teachers!) support my observations. Students need some sort of reliable framework to do their best. But even the most organized of classrooms can't always customize and accommodate the differences students may have in how they manage their stuff and their time. A three-ring binder might be perfect for Johnny who likes to take the time to separate papers by subject, but a nightmare for Susie who piles everything together. Anne may study best in complete quiet, but her younger sister Julie may need to have people or “white noise” in the background. That’s where I come in. I have the background, tools and resources to assess a student’s learning/thinking styles, organizing habits (or lack thereof), and natural tendencies, so that we can come up with a system together that helps them do their best. Plus, I’m a mom - I’m living this situation myself. Our kids couldn’t be any more different in terms of how they approach organization, so I see firsthand the need to customize their systems and teach them the skills for keeping everything under control.
Third - why is it important? We know that schools, teachers and students all face a variety of pressures and challenges. It’s tough to find the time to come up with differentiated organizing and time management skills during the regular school day. Many households have shifted to a more digital life - including their clocks and calendars - making awareness of schedules and time more elusive for many kids. Most also juggle a variety of activities, homework (that still includes TONS of paper), and technology, and rely on parents to keep the trains running on time. However, once a student graduates and heads off to college, the ability to effectively deal with their stuff, schedule, finances and personal time becomes critical. If they haven’t learned how to create their own practical organizing structures, the new freedoms can turn into a nightmare of missed classes and late assignments. Giving a student the tools to organize well for themselves empowers them, and builds confidence - no matter what their age.
I’m currently booking assessments in August, so if this service sounds like a good fit for your family please contact me soon. I’d love to help guide your student on the path to organizing success.
Sara Skillen - Certified Professional Organizer®, coach, wife and mom, and serial list-maker. Excited to be in the long but worthwhile process of becoming a Certified ADHD Organizer Coach. Learning to trust my intuition more every day. Shall we work together?