Surviving Year 12 – for adolescents & parents; source: Beyond Blue

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Surviving Year 12 – for adolescents & parents; source: Beyond Blue

Summary:
– media doom & gloom about “doing well” in Year 12 [societal pressure]
– perspective is required to counter-balance the hype & expectations
– you are not your ATAR sore
– remember there are many pathways to where you want to go

Strategies for the adolescent:
– determine are you ready
– determine your goals & keep readily at hand to maintain motivation
– study “smart”
– support person to assist you
– timetable
– to do lists
– maintain balance across all aspects of life
– minimise TV & social media (& timetable it’s use)
– be mindful of things that can “de-rail” you
– p-time work commitments can shift focus from study to work as a priority (article cites research support for this)
– problems at home
– personal anxiety/depression
– AOD use
– social media [research shows 20% lower marks for such use c/w those who do not)
– take care of self – healthy eating, sufficient sleep & physical exercise & manage stress/anxiety

Study Tips:
– get in zone (free of distractions & noise)
– break down tasks into manageable chunks & set timeline
– chill-out: schedule regular short breaks
– study group/buddy
– rewards/treats
– beat procrastination (go to http://www.thedesk.org)

For Parents:
– encourage, & provide opportunities for life-balance (sport; recreation; social)
– help the teenager establish study routines
– provide teenager with a study-friendly environment/home
– eliminate noise; distractions; clutter
– impossible to study while watching the television [keep it off while the teenager studies]
– set-up study so there is good physical conditions (temperature, light, chair, ventilation)
– schedule study time (5 days per week minimum in 2 x 50 minute blocks with a 15 minute break)
– be alert to unease/anxiety
– acknowledge & validate such feelings; reframe where necessary
– see results section

Do’s
– guide, support & encourage the teenager
– encourage healthy eating, exercise & stress management
– acknowledge effort
– create an effective work space
– take a whole-family approach to supporting your teenager’s study efforts
– remind teenager of goals
– provide positive feedback wherever possible
– encourage the observance of study breaks
– help to maintain perspective
– monitor emotional health
– let teenager know you are there if you are needed by them
– encourage self-belief

Don’ts
– nag
– overload with domestic chores
– tell teenager to work hard or they will fail

Links: http://www.youthbeyondblue.com/do-something-about-it/surviving-year-12 & https://www.bspg.com.au/dam/bsg/product?client=BEYONDBLUE&prodid=BL/1331&type=file & http://das.bluestargroup.com.au/api/bb/document?token=BL/1292

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