When high-schoolers are completing their senior years, it can feel as if the whole family is doing Year 11 or Year 12, according to clinical psychologist Andrew Fuller.
Parents have a vital role in helping their teens – and that includes helping them to manage their time, energy, and stress – and to get everything handed in at the right time and in the right place, he says, in an article republished by Independent Schools Victoria’s The Parents’ Website.
Regular planned times for study throughout the year offer better results, he says, and short regular sprints of learning are more effective than study marathons.
In this article Andrew outlines how to map out an ideal week. Without this plan, he says, teenagers are simply left with doing what they like when they feel like it – and generally this does not include studying.
Not surprisingly, he notes, teens may also need to discuss minimising distractions – excessive social media use, listening to music while studying, multi-tasking or chatting with friends online.
Andrew Fuller is chairing The Mental Health and Wellbeing of Young People seminar series between May and August, and will also be presenting on the topic Conversations with Troubled Young People – Practical Advice. Register here.