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At a Glance: Time Management Issues in High School

By Amanda Morin

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Teens have a lot on their plate in high school. To handle increased schoolwork and outside demands, they need to manage their time. Here’s what time management issues in high school can look like.

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At a Glance: Time Management Issues

High-schoolers with time management issues may have trouble keeping up with schoolwork, homework, a job and social life. Here’s a look at how this can play out.

in High SchoolForgets Appointments
At home: Your child forgets to meet you at work after practice even though you reminded him at breakfast.
At school: Your child doesn’t show up to make up a test after being out sick.
The issue: Kids with time management issues have a hard time keeping track of time and their obligations.

Misses Deadlines
At home: Your child says he’ll have the leaves raked by the afternoon, but is still working way after dark.
At school: Your child doesn’t turn his history project in on time, even though he’s known about it for a month.
The issue: Kids with time management issues may misjudge how much time and effort a project is going to take.

Gives Up Easily
At home: Your child quits a new job after just a few weeks, complaining that the boss picks on him.
At school: Your child switches to an easier math class after one marking period, saying the teacher expects too much.
The issue: Kids with time management issues can get easily frustrated and blame others when something takes more time and eort than expected.

Needs Repeated Instructions
At home: Your child is set to take his driving test, but you have to remind him multiple times of everything he needs to bring with him.
At school: Your child’s teacher needs to keep reminding him about setting up his community service project.
The issue: Kids with time management issues can have trouble with multi-step tasks. They may not be able to tackle them, even if someone has helped them gure out the steps.
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Graphic of At a glance: Time management issues in high school

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Portrait of Amanda Morin

Amanda Morin is a parent advocate, a former teacher and the author of The Everything Parent’s Guide to Special Education.

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Bob Cunningham, Ed.M., serves as advisor-in-residence on learning and attention issues for Understood.

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