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.
Fast-tracking doesn’t suit every student and can actually disadvantage some. There are quite a few issues to consider rather than automatically assuming that your teenager should queue up to jump on that express train. Above all, always listen carefully to the advice from your teenager’s school.
All young people will need to be able to confidently face interviews well before completing secondary school. Many will have an interview as part of the tertiary selection process for some courses. Fortunately, a growing number of tertiary institutions and employers are recognizing that marks alone are not a reliable indication of the full potential of applicants.
Although the costs are not insignificant, when students spend even a brief time studying in a secondary school in another country, they come back changed for the better in so many ways.
Homework does not have to be an ugly topic of conversation. If approached with a positive outlook, homework can actually provide an opportunity for parents to form a closer relationship with their children.
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.
School should always be enjoyable for children as well as teenagers. Some very bright students thrive in accelerated programs at the secondary level, while others would feel very pressured and even anxious if placed in one of these programs. Parents need to consider each child’s personality, not simply each child’s primary school results.
Interviews can be far less daunting when teenagers prepare well. Parents can help enormously by speaking positively about interviews they have had and giving teens practical advice. Here are some points you can share with your teens or give them a copy of the advice provided here.