The start of the new school year is always a moment rich in emotions for both students and families. If we add to this that the student enters adolescence and goes from primary to secondary school, the start of the school year can be even more stressful. In many cases, students may feel unsettled by the new and unfamiliar, and emotionally insecure.
This change of stage comes with many academic and personal challenges:
The number of subjects and teachers with whom the pupils will have to work is increased; the number of teaching hours increases; students then share their spaces with older students; begins the stage of adolescence with its possible complications.
As at any school stage, the role played by the family environment is of great importance. The school works closely with families, advising them on any changes and crossroads they will encounter and how to deal with them. It is necessary for the family to have the tools to support their child so that this change can take place as calmly as possible.
Tips for monitoring and collaborating with children
1.-Develop a study schedule
Once term begins, help your child develop a study schedule. Keep in mind that while the main activity is homework, you should also spend time studying, revising, preparing summaries, or doing homework. Of course at this timee must include moments of leisure and rest.
2. Talk about studies
It is essential to maintain fluid communication with your child about studies and school life.
For this, the family must be available for listen and answer open-ended questions that the student can pose. You should not be inundated with questions, it is much better to listen to them without judging.
3. Maintain continuous contact with the College
It is essential to be informed of your child’s progress and not to wait for the results of the assessments.
The most important thing is to maintain fluid communication with the tutor or other teachers concerned and to go there whenever they are summoned from school, putting in place the measures that advise you if necessary.
Collaboration between the family and the school is essential at these ages: if you break off relations with your educators, you will have lost an important ally in your child’s education.
4. Don’t trust unbelievable messages
Sometimes boys send their parents messages like “I have nothing to study”, “there are no exams” or “all the classmates are doing the same”. Don’t be fooled and contrast the information.
5. Control the time spent on the Internet
At these ages, attachment to the Internet can increase dramatically, especially on social networksyes
From the beginning, set schedules, strict rules and monitor their use. Abuses in this aspect are usually the beginning of failure in studies.
6. Make contracts
The development of negotiated contracts between the two parties in which an agreement of obligations and rewards is made generally works very well. In these cases, the son/daughter will be able to benefit from a series of privileges if he/she respects the calendar of studies and obtains adequate results.
7. Be aware of your circle of friends
From these ages, the circle of friends has a great influence on the adolescent. The transition to Secondary is a time when new relationships are established. Stay informed and vigilant about your friendships – they don’t always have a positive influence.
8. Agreement in the immediate environment
Managing a teenager is particularly complicated for all families. Unity between parents vis-à-vis their child both in the criteria to be followed and in the measures, rules and messages is essential to approach education at this stage. Discuss the problem and take necessary action by mutual agreement.
9. Praise and encourage your child
Unfortunately, boys and girls who have adequate dedication to studies during secondary school receive little reinforcement and positive encouragement, on the contrary, they generally encounter more problems and obstacles than others, in fulfilling their duty. . Family support, words of encouragement, encouragement and reinforcement will be indispensable.
10. Be aware of changes
At the beginning of the stage and during it, it is advisable to be aware of possible changes in mood and behavior of your child. Sudden changes such as a bad temper, excessive nervousness, significant changes in their habits, can be a warning sign. In these cases, do not let too much time pass. Discuss the topic with your child first. If this is not effective, ask the teachers at the center. if there were any problems seek help from other specialistsLike the school counselor.