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Pace of academic life

20/03/2013

The pace of the academic year has certainly picked up with many students struggling to manage the influx of assessment.

The use of the student planner is crucial to list due dates for drafts and assignments and plan revision times for tests. When the planner is not used for these purposes, students end up feeling overwhelmed and unprepared for their assessment. You may notice signs of stress including: a change in eating and sleeping patterns, moodiness, inability to concentrate and procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities. Sounds like normal adolescent behaviour!

You can help your student relieve some of this stress by:

  • limiting your child’s social activities, including time on Facebook
  • encouraging them to exercise each day
  • setting a reasonable, age-appropriate bed time and not letting them take phones to bed at night
  • making sure that they eat well and not skip meals
  • organising their study/assessment schedule so that the load becomes achievable
  • advising them to make contact with teachers to seek clarification/help with the assessment
  • ignoring the unmade bed and door slamming!

Don’t forget the school has a range of qualified staff, including Guidance Officers and a Nurse, if you feel that your child needs extra support with managing any aspect of their school life.