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My son is beginning middle school and he is so disorganized that he even forgets to turn in homework that he completes. How can I help him?

Some students have great difficulty with the middle school transition. This is a time when they begin having to take responsibility for themselves - and when teachers expect more of them. Most students need specific strategies or structures that will help them develop good organizational habits. The following sites provide tips for parents for helping students stay organized:

It might also be a good idea to go through your child’s book bag about once a week to see that he is keeping all his papers in designated sections, that he has a place for everything, and that he is making use of folders, color-coded tabs, etc. If no organization system is in place, take a trip to an office supply store and help your child create a system for organization.

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