12 High school students need their parents to be interested and involved in their academic progress. Provide school supplies and a place to study Make sure your child has the supplies he/she needs: an alarm clock, back- pack, folders, notebooks, planner, calculator, pens, and pencils. Your child should also have a quiet, well-lit, comfortable place to study. Help your child set academic goals At the beginning of each grading period, help your child determine what grade he/she should realistically be able to earn in each course. Setting goals will help your child understand what your expectations are, and these goals will give your child something specific to work towards. Use rewards and consequences Being offered a reward for a specific achievement can be very motivating for some students. Try using a reward when you want to encourage a change in attendance, effort, or behavior. Eventually, doing well will be its own reward. As for consequences, students need to understand that in school, and in life, there are consequences for poor performance and/or bad behavior. Consequences are most effective when they are reasonable and logical. For example, a reasonable and logical consequence for routinely being late to school might be a revised nighttime schedule (e.g., no TV, computer, or phone calls after 9:30). For most students, a parent’s approval is still very important. Make it a point to recognize extra effort and to acknowledge each academic suc- cess, even if it’s just a good grade on a quiz. Help Your Child Succeed