CASE STUDY #10: Middle School Big Plan
Sarah was an eighth grade student when we began working together. She had inconsistent grades, and she complained that she was overwhelmed by her schedule and her workload. Part of this issue was the reality that she had periods of high levels of work, with some weeks having multiple tests or quizzes and other weeks having a relatively light work load. During the heavier workload periods, she was unable to keep up with the work and struggled, which resulted in sub-par grades.
She had what amounted to a grade yo-yo effect. The solution for Sarah, which is detailed in this chapter, was to break up larger projects into small daily exercises, which could be done every day. For example, knowing that she would have a history test the following week, she would study all of her history material up to that date every day (as if she had a history test the next day). The same system was utilized for each class: science, math, English, etc. Basically she took larger projects like reports and papers and studying for tests and broke them into smaller daily activities that she found easier to complete.