Starting university is a big step for even the most well-organised and confident teenagers. It’s important to be aware of how to survive – and even thrive – and some of the steps are not all that difficult. They can be easy to overlook though.
Universities are all too aware of the difficulties faced by many students as they adjust to life in a tertiary institution. Many students, even those who have sailed through secondary school, struggle with the transition from school to a larger tertiary environment. So what are universities doing about this?
2020 has, without doubt, been a tough one for students in their final year at school. In addition to the usual stresses, they have had to adjust to extended periods of remote learning and all that this entails. They have had fewer opportunities to conference face to face with teachers and friends. They have had to adjust to getting down to work at home, largely on their own. What does this all mean for tertiary studies in 2021 and how can parents help?
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.
The transition to secondary school is a significant milestone for every adolescent and a successful transition is incredibly important. Children who can fairly quickly find their feet and stand tall in the first few months at secondary school are happier and generally more successful academically. And, equally as important, they are so much easier to live with!
If your child hasn’t taken to secondary school like a duck to water, don’t stress too much. There will be many others in the same boat (choppy water). And keep in mind that no transition issue is unsolvable.
There are a greater range of core subjects at the secondary level and even good students may initially find a new subject or two challenging. Encourage your teen to keep an open mind and to see the new subjects as an exciting opportunity rather than an obstacle. There are strategies parents can adopt to help their children adjust to all of the new subjects at the secondary level.