Students’ lives are busy – up to seven hours of school, five days a week, plus sports, co-curricular activities, jobs, leisure time, a good night’s sleep. How do they find time for study? Are you worried about your son’s propensity to procrastinate or get distracted?
The HSC can be a highly stressful time for students. Not only are they experiencing an increased work load, they are also experiencing pressure to succeed and anticipating the implications of their results.
Knowing how to help you son can be challenging, so we’ve created an HSC study survival guide with 7 quick tips to help your son through his HSC.
Exams, assignments, music lessons, sporting commitments, and drama rehearsals. These are just some of the priorities your son has to manage on a daily basis, not to mention eating a balanced diet, enjoying time out with friends, quality time with family and sleep.
Managing priorities is all about time management; recognising your workload, acknowledging deadlines and knowing if/when you have spare time for additional commitments.
Most parents can relate to the challenges that homework can present for children. It can require great powers of persuasion to encourage your son to sit down and focus on the task at hand. Wouldn’t it be great if there were ways and means to get your son to stop dreading homework?
Here are our helpful tips on how to make homework fun in five simple ways:
Goal setting is a powerful skill that we should be actively teaching our children. It is a skill that will help them with self-control, self-efficacy and the confidence to achieve their dreams.
Midyear resolutions are a fabulous way to reboot and re-energise your mind, body and spirit. By reassessing the things that are important, your children will have new found motivation to take them through to the end of the year.
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Exams provide an opportunity for your son to demonstrate his knowledge. They assess his learning, and provide necessary information about areas for improvement. While exams are a necessity, they can be tough – tough on your son and tough on your family.
Maintaining balance and ensuring a positive experience are key. Below are our eight top tips for helping your son through exam periods:
Many students have access to some sort of mobile viewing device. It may be an iPad, iPhone or an Android device. Many of these devices support a variety of different applications and understandably, parents often see them as big distractions to students who are supposed to be studying. However, there are many apps that can actually benefit your son’s learning. When you take a good look at what is available, you’ll be surprised to find a huge number of apps designed to assist in all aspects of your child’s learning.
Below are five apps that could benefit your son's learning:
By Lewis Dobbin, Year 9 student, Trinity Grammar School
At Trinity Grammar School, there are many challenges that I as a student face, and they cover all aspects of my school life. Whether the challenges are social, academic, sport, or co-curricular, I have to be able to manage them so that I can enjoy school and succeed.
- Bursts of energy through the release of adrenalin to cope with the task at hand (for example, exams).
- Improved immunity – thought to come from improved heart performance providing protection against infection.
- Increased focus – as epinephrine, norepinephrine and cortisol are released, blood pressure and heart rate increase causing the senses to focus more acutely.
- Ability to meet daily challenges.
- Working more effectively.
- Motivation to reach goals.
Recognise that not all stress is bad
Students must understand that some stress is needed in order for them to do what is required of them. By harnessing the positive aspects of stress, students can use stress to their advantage, rather than focusing on the negative which will increase stress levels.
While a small amount of stress can help your child to stay focused at exam time, too much stress can have the opposite effect, making him or her unmotivated and unable to concentrate.
The following symptoms will describe most teenagers at exam time. It is normal to experience some or all of them at these high pressure times.
Indications your child may be suffering stress include: