Adjusting back to face-to-face learning after Remote Learning will be a bigger hurdle for some students than others. Some may need a little TLC from teachers and parents. It has been a strange and challenging time for many adults and the same goes for many teenagers. Even the most highly organised teenager who has excelled during Remote Learning will need to re-adjust once back in the classroom. Not to worry. Parents can do a lot to help teenagers re-adjust and forge on successfully.
Young people should not be overwhelmed when they start to consider possible careers. Many, however, do feel lost and stressed about the prospect of choosing careers to consider. A great way to help students get started is to look at a range of career quizzes.
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It can sometimes be tough for parents to maintain a positive relationship with teenagers when they seem to be constantly challenging authority and pushing the boundaries. But the good news is that when teenagers really let parents down, this can be the perfect time to strengthen the relationship rather than let it fall further apart.
Many parents feel stressed because other parents are desperately competitive and want to know their teenagers’ ATAR scores. Knowing how to respond can help relieve stress and reduce competition with other parents…
Interestingly, some teenagers have enjoyed remote learning while others have struggled. So why is this and how can parents help?
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Unfortunately, there is a lot of angst surrounding ATAR scores. Even in the early years at high school, students discuss how to get a high ATAR score. Worrying about an ATAR can sometimes even prevent teenagers from doing their best at school.
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Teenagers need to be able to confidently ask for help at school, during tertiary studies, at work and right through life. An inability to seek help when it is needed can result in much unhappiness, greater stress and even mental health issues. One of the main reasons so many students drop out of tertiary studies is their reluctance to ask for help.
Young people today are incredibly lucky to have such a great range of tertiary courses to choose from. However, sometimes this can be overwhelming if they don’t start becoming familiar with what’s available. This should be done before reaching the final year at school.
Youth For Understanding Australia (YFU) is another great organisation (www.yfu.com.au) offering overseas exchange options for secondary students. YFU offers programs that run from 2 months to 12 months. Students are given their country of choice and programs are offered in over 40 countries.
World Education Program (WEP) is another organisation well-deserving of consideration. It offers amazing programs for students in Years 9 to 12 in NSW, VIC and QLD. Students are given their country of choice.
A number of organisations offer secondary school exchange programs. Students and parents should begin their research by looking carefully at websites and attending information sessions where possible.
Teenage silences and baffling responses are infamous. We have all heard those annoying grunts and have felt frustrated at not being able to get anywhere close to having a normal conversation with a teenager. Where has that once open and chatty member of the family disappeared to? Never fear. There are some tricks to making your teen do more than merely utter primeval grunts.
All students should have a Resume right from their first year in secondary school. Students in the primary years can also have a special folder where they keep copies of certificates and awards. Some primary students also have an e-copy of achievements. Once students see that they have little to add to a Resume, this can be a wakeup call. Suddenly they realise that they should consider becoming more involved in sport, school events and activities outside school.
Students should be aware of the latest trends in the constantly changing tertiary landscape. What are institutions looking for in prospective students? What skills, experience and qualities are highly regarded? What are tertiary institutions doing to attract the best students?
Homework is a contentious issue but it doesn’t have to dominate lives and destroy peace of mind. There are sound reasons why homework is important and practical strategies to keep it under control.
An overseas school exchange program is a very transformational experience. Young people change for the better in many ways and often say that the exchange program is the best thing they have ever done.
Despite all of the best research and preparation in the world, sometimes children don’t transition well into the new secondary school. It’s a nightmare to see a child come home from school looking lost and unhappy. We all want children to be excited about this new stage in their education. Fortunately, parents can do a lot to change this upsetting situation.
Cultural Care Au Pair organises work placements for young Australians so that they can live with a family in the USA and care for their children. In essence, they will be full time nannies. Participants are paid weekly pocket money which is approximately US$195 a week. This is great money considering that all living expenses are already covered. Many young people choose this as a wonderful GAP Year option.
Every child is unique. Every secondary school is unique. The trick is to make sure you find the school that best fits your child’s talents, needs and personality.
A great place to start is to examine each school’s climate and culture and the most pressing questions parents have about these important areas.