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Is your family ready for school?

  • Books and school supplies sit on the desk of Niko Knop, 9, at his home in Petaluma, California on Tuesday, August 28, 2012. (BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat)

Now that the school year has commenced, it's a good time to quiz yourself on your organizational skills. It may inspire you to change things up, particularly if you're a procrastinator with lame excuses.

Let's see how you fare on the following:

1) Do you have the right materials, multiple notebooks, pens, etc.? Are you, in short, equipped?

2) Do you stick to a homework schedule, a routine time of day you set aside for homework? Or are you easily distracted, bumping your slot for FaceTime with friends?

3) Do you have a place set aside, a quiet spot far from your blaring TV and your barking dog?

4) Are you a procrastinator with every excuse under the sun for why you can hold off on doing an assignmet?

5) Finally, are you positive, unswayed by an occasional poor grade on a test? Are you willing ask for help?

Eric Koehler, an independent tutor in Sonoma County, said setting organizational goals is key at the beginning of the school year so kids will thrive.

As for having the right materials, Koehler said he often sees kids with 5 subject notebooks and once they're half way through the school year, they're bulging.

"This is when kids start to lose things or file things in the wrong notebook," he said.

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