Part Two: 4 Steps to Academic Achievement Series

This is part two of a four part series focusing on academic achievement in your core learning. Be sure you’ve read part one where I discussed the first two steps to academic achievement. Those included: set clean and specific goals and write five rules you set for yourself that you need to accomplish to feel successful. Have you done those two steps yet? These are important steps to take to create the academic achievement goals you have in your homeschool.

It’s one thing to know where you want to go and another thing to achieve the steps it takes to arrive. As I shared in part one, successful people have the time they need because they implement strategies. They work hard and play hard, get their work done so they can feel good about going and having fun as well as be with those they love.

Before you even open the books in your homeschool its imperative you take time to plan for academic achievement.

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If you missed steps one and two: Click Here for Academic Achievement Steps 1 and 2 


3. Measure your results. This is where you must be radically honest. Look at what’s working and what’s not working. This is where the 80/20 rule comes into play. The rule states that 20% of what you do leads to 80% of your results. Pay close attention to here you and your children’s concentrated efforts are.

4. Re-evaluate and adjust your plan. When you can narrow down what’s not working you open time for more of what’s working and then gain greater clarity. This is where you adjust your plan and let go of what no longer serves you. Spend more time on what is working and giving you the greatest results by moving back to step one and setting clean and specific goals. Then move through these four steps repeatedly.


The achievement you desire only comes when you take the time to sit and plan, measure and adjust. Let go of going through the motions and get more on point with your homeschool efforts. I encourage you to start implementing these steps and next week I will share more details on how to set specific goals.

Parents Inspired to Action:

  • Use your mentor meeting time to discuss the results that have been measured. Take a close look at the results and see what efforts (20%) are producing the results (80%) so you can maximize what’s working and let go of what’s no longer serving you.


Children Inspired to Action:

  • Depending on the child’s age you will either be guiding the youngest through this process or stepping aside as your older student applies these steps. Empower them to success with these success practices.


I’d love to hear from you. Please leave a comment sharing your own tips to academic acheivement. What’s worked for you or what hasn’t worked?

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About Donna Vail

Donna Vail, Education and Parenting Specialist, is founder of An Inspired Education and the Mentor Mastery Inner Circle, the proven step-by-step program dedicated to maximizing the success in the human potential through homeschooling and life mastery for the whole family. She creates educational programs for homeschool children, “after-school” study programs for public schooled children and personal development for moms, while homeschooling her five children. Get free tips and resources from Donna Vail at:

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