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How Can Schools Help in Making Your Child More Organized

How Can Schools Help in Making Your Child More Organized



A high premium is placed on the academic performance of a school-going child. But nobody sees the relationship between organizational skills and the academic grades of a student. Many students, although very high on IQ (Intelligence Quotient) are deficient in organizing themselves.  Poor organizational skills or capability is related to a student’s understanding of assignments, determining and establishing a plan of action to execute, and finally timely delivery of his homework assignments. This results in low grades and low self-confidence. More often than not kills a student’s ambition for further academic pursuit.  


The best schools in Dehradun provide a range of skill-building, and personality development activities for the students to enroll in, and participate in. DPS Vikas Nagar is no less. Read on to find out how can your school help your child become more organized. 


Importance of Organizational Skills in Students.


Organizational skills are basically an ability to form a strategy for tackling a particular task, optimally. For students, this set of skills is required to achieve deadlines, maintain a happy study environment and be on top of their work. Some of the best schools in Dehradun provide an enriching learning environment, not to mention a positive atmosphere that encourages the students to give their 100% in their endeavors. 


A student, is missing out on these very important skills if his school bag is in a messy state, he loses his assignments frequently, he sits down to complete his assignments at the last minute and ends up copying from his classmates, and lastly, he is mostly unprepared for an examination and resorts to mugging up lessons to somehow answer the test paper. Here he might even look at cheating as a substitute for working on his lessons.


What Skills does your child need?


These are abilities to handle tasks in a methodical way. This might come naturally to a child or can be inculcated through programs and training. It helps a student use his time and energy in an optimal combination so as to achieve goals without getting stressed out. At DPS Vikas Nagar being organized ensures the maintenance of well-ordered work, a relaxed study environment, and on-time completion of assignments. These skills are two-tiered:


  • Mental skills: When a student deconstructs a task in his mind; approaching it logically, creating a strategy, and prioritizing tasks within that strategy - he is using his mental organizational skills. This will manifest itself in the student’s ability to create notes, use them at the appropriate time, and at the same time be creative in the classroom. 


  • External skills: An external organizational skillset include having a neat and clean desk, well-organized notebooks, and using the almanac effectively to plan academic and extra-curricular activities. So a well-organized mind and space will result in a  pride-worthy student. 


How can Schools help in Developing Organizational Skills in Students?


`1. Adhering to the timetable: We have seen that a back-breaking school backpack is a problem faced by children of all ages and groups. If the reason for this heaviness is to be investigated, we find that more often than not the bag is extremely disorganized and is probably stuffed full of things that are useless for the day’s timetable. So to start with, if the teacher at the classroom level emphasizes the importance of carrying just what is needed; it would highlight, for the child, that unnecessary stationery or textbooks will not earn him medals.


2. Creating a lesson plan: The next step to be taught is how to be organized. Here each subject teacher could underline the process to be followed before a lesson is begun. 


a) Students should have everything needed for a lesson, out on the desk before the teacher begins the lesson. He/she should distract or interrupt the class by rummaging through his backpack as and when the need arises. 

b) The student should be encouraged to stay focused on the lesson for its timely completion.

c) The task should be finished and not left halfway to be completed at home or in some other period. 


This process, if strictly adhered to by the teacher-student collaboration would successfully teach students to develop the habit of organizing themselves. It should be, however, reinforced continually throughout the academic year after being introduced at the beginning. 


3. Visual Schedules: A proper visual schedule in the classroom would work as a guide for the students to organize themselves on a daily basis. The teacher could set an example by referring to it frequently in organizing class activities. The students in turn like to follow their teacher’s example and would readily use the class schedule to organize themselves.


4. Checklists: The use of checklists by teachers further pushes students towards organizing themselves. A morning checklist that sets up a to-do list for the class does away with time leaks. 

Assign color codes for different subject books and notebooks. This would reduce the time and effort wasted by the students in hunting for the required course material. 


5. Systematic Decluttering: Encourage the student to keep his desk and surrounding space clean and tidy. Clean workplaces always keep the student’s psychological morale boosted. This in turn enhances his performance. Regular decluttering and reorganizing of the classroom cupboard would be a good example to highlight the importance of organization of our personal spaces in our daily lives. A classroom job assignment organized in a systematic way would involve students shouldering their jobs responsibly and sincerely. The method of organizing would expose them to organizing their tasks in a similar way. 


Additionally, small skits and dramas in assembly or during free periods as reminders for students to stay organized is an exercise adopted by many schools in Dehradun.



Final Thoughts


Schools play a vital role in determining your child’s trajectory, and way of life. At DPS Vikas Nagar, our team of experienced faculty is trained to help children become more organized, with the help of visual aids, class activities, and more. We help students develop a positive and healthy outlook toward life, develop acumen for problem-solving, and encourage them to think out of the box! 


Visit our admissions page to know more about our enrollment process.