It’s almost that time again – the start of a new term! An opportunity for your child to not only continue their development, but feel a sense of a fresh start. And that’s not all coming up this week, it’s also World Youth Skills Day on the 15th – an annual global celebration that recognises the importance of equipping young people with skills for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship. In that regard, we thought we’d put together a list of some things that could help you and your child feel happy and confident for the term to come.
1. Explore with them what they value about learning and organisation
Focusing not only on extrinsic motivations (good grades/rewards, passing subjects, avoiding punishment etc.), but the intrinsic reasons why your child wants to learn and feel organised is fundamental for their mental wellbeing, and is likely to subsequently help with their academic motivation and performance. Educational pedagogies are constantly being developed in schools and broader society to be more engaging to students, aiming to provide life-long lessons as opposed to the transmission of information that is often quickly forgotten afterwards. Try to help your child explore how learning the knowledge and skills that their education offers can lead to enjoyment, freedom, stability, inspiration, self realisation, fulfilment and so on.
2. Set realistic goals with them that align with their previously explored values
Basing our goals on our values makes us more deeply motivated to achieve them. If you’re child values being creative, then they could think about how they can specifically act on this value (this is where setting goals can help!). They may plan to approach lessons or assignments with an active curiousity, rather then giving into feeling ‘bored’, and practise seeing what they are learning as opportunity for exploration, discovery and experimentation. Some more specific ways of acting on this could be to carefully read through each lesson plan or task sheet they receive and make an effort to highlight the words that they think are interesting (further exploring them afterwards) or actively engaging more in classroom contribution.
3. See that they use the available supporting information and resources
This applies to anything that the school offers, from timetables and calenders, task and criteria sheets, online libraries and student portals, free afterschool tutoring sessions and clubs, equipment for hire etc. There is usually a lot more support available then either of you are initally aware of, which can make a huge difference to your child’s schooling experience. Helping them access this support and understand how to use and get the most out of it can make all the difference in making them feel connected and on top of things.
4. Establish a quiet study space & routine
This is an obvious, fundamental, but often overlooked, tip. Its important for your child to have their own quiet and equipped space in the house where they can be left alone to regularly focus. Encouraging study time before/after a leisurely activity (socialising, exercising, watching movies etc.) at the end of a school day could be a good way to establish a regular study practise, and also enable some life balance.
5. Teach them some mindfulness techniques
Mindfulness is an invaluable skill for both you and your child to have in order to cope with the inevitable stresses of life. Knowing how to effectively tune into each of their five senses, focus on their breath and let their thoughts and feelings ‘be’ can help your child feel resilient and focused throughout school.
Contact our team on (07) 3162 8448 if you’d like your child to become a confident and courageous achiever. Our educational assessment, tailored tuition and meta-cognitive training services are built on science and tailored for your child’s achievement.