6 Help Your Child Succeed Middle school students need a lot of direction, guidance, and support from their parents. This section will go over some specific things you can do to help your child succeed in school. Provide school supplies and a place to study If your school has a list of recommended supplies, be sure to get everything on the list. You may also want to purchase the following: combination lock, locker shelf and/or mirror, calculator, alarm clock, watch, backpack, assignment notebook (if your school doesn’t provide planners), folders, notebooks, and a USB flash drive (for storing and transporting computer files). Make sure your child has a place at home to study that’s quiet, well-lit, and comfortable. This area should have a surface for writing and be equipped with paper, pencils, calculator, dictionary, etc. Help 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. Insist on daily attendance When students miss school, they miss lectures, notes, class discussions, assignments, quizzes, and tests. It doesn’t matter how conscientious students are about making up their work, they can never make up all of what they miss, even if they’re absent for only a day or two. Parents who allow their children to miss school when they aren’t ill send a message that school isn’t that important. If your child doesn’t want to go to school, or if you’re seeing a pattern of excuses to miss school, talk to your child or to your child’s counselor. Attendance is the number one school success factor!