Across the country this week students are preparing for Term Four. In Queensland, Victoria and Northern Territory they are returning to the classrooms, while in New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania they’re enjoying the first week of school holidays, and discovering new ways to engage with everything they have learned since the start of the school year.
Term Four brings with it different opportunities and challenges to the first term of the year. Students have settled in to the routine of their classes, teachers have become familiar, school shoes have been worn in and friendships have been forged.
The feelings of anxiety which accompany the first weeks of a school year are often replaced with those of excitement as students are eager to reconnect with their teachers and peers. With the end of the school year only just over two months away, there is so much more to be learned, it can create an environment for young minds where anything seems possible.
Nurturing this sense of wonder in students is a key to developing a healthy relationship with education, and life-long learning habits. With so many prospects and so much information available to young people, it can seem overwhelming for them. Encourage them to look at the first week of Term Four as the first week back for the rest of the school year. The ground work has now been laid but there is still plenty of time for personal growth and development. By making students aware of how many possibilities are stretched out before them, you help inspire them to create, learn and interact with the world around them in new ways.
Be mindful of your child’s attitude towards their classes and homework. Young people are not immune to the pressures to succeed, and study and education issues are among the top reasons why school-aged children in Australia contact Kids Helpline. Ensuring that students feel secure and confident in their new routine is vital. If you’re worried that your student does have a case of the back-to-school blues, then there are many ways to help them combat insecurities related to their learning.
Open up a discussion with them to find solutions that work for your family. Balancing enjoyable activities with study time is an important skill for young people to learn, as it prevents them from becoming stressed or burned out. Help students to set their own study goals, develop a plan of action that will enable them to achieve their goals and finally encourage them to reward themselves when they reach their goals.
Everyone learns differently and at a different pace, yet everyone has the capacity to learn and improve. It is important for students to understand that they don’t need to doubt themselves, or feel concerned if they are finding it difficult to understand topics that are new to them. No one expects everyone to get everything right on the first try, and no one expects everyone to learn at school without help. Here at Optimise Learning we offer a range of tutoring services for school aged students in English and Mathematics. We understand that everyone is born with this innate capacity to learn, our learning specialists use range of brain-compatible strategies and resources to maximise learning outcomes for students. Our goal is to help students on their individual journey, to fully develop their unique abilities. We’re here to assist you as you strive to help the young people in your life reach their unique potential.
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