Anger is an all-consuming emotion at times, even more so now as we deal with new situations. If you don't get a grip on it, it can affect your quality of life. Anger will damage your relationships and raise your stress levels. If anger is beginning to impact your life, start taking steps to control your emotional state.
Recently students of all ages have had to learn from home as well as in the classroom. Let's discuss helping students study at home. We, at Pathways Counseling, know how difficult this burden has been on our children. It is not only difficult for our children, but it has been a hardship for the entire family. It is great that students have returned to schools, but we know that many kids still have anxiety going back. We hope this article will help you with some coping strategies to help your child learn both at school and at home.
It is always hard for parents to motivate their children to stay focus with their school work. We wish for our kids to stay engaged with fun and well-rounded activities. Helping our children stay engaged at school or studying at home can be difficult. All children need structure to help them stay engaged with learning. Structure or organization is often times the key to success.
A quiet space to work is helpful. Students need good lighting and a soft atmosphere to concentrate. Sunlight is always a bonus! To begin, review each class and write down each assignment. This will help your child stay focus. It is always best to begin with the easy and quick assignments due the next day. Then work your way to the more challenging tasks. To help students stay organize, each subject should have its own folder. An agenda/assignment book should used as well. All work should organized for the next day.
For many, managing time is the most difficult task. Whether it is in class or on-line learning or working on homework, finding time is hard. Parents can help them by checking deadlines and test dates. Using an agenda/assignment book helps with that.
Many benefit using a white board or desk calendar. Remember to write reminders or set your cell phone alarm for set times before work is due. Also, break down large assignments into meaningful small chunks. The smaller amount of work per day, the more manageable it is.
When laying out study times, encourage them to work for a set time, before taking a short break. They can reward themselves with a longer break after two or three of those periods. It's important to stick to an end-of-work time, when possible, so that they can have some time to relax. Even maintaining a bed time routine can help students function better each day.
Distractions are everywhere, especially with social media. Remove as many devices as possible during class and study period. In fact, social media and technology can be the award earned during break times.
Parents should help their students set realistic goals to encourage and guide them. Setting reachable goals helps teenagers develop resilience and focus for the future.
Teenagers are experiencing many of the same challenges as adults working from home. It's difficult to stay motivated and focused at times. Talk with them about breaking goals into parts to see accomplishments toward the end goal.
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Pathways Counseling Services knows how invaluable your children's mental health is. If homework and studying time becomes more of a battle time, it's time to seek outside help and support. We can recognize and address the triggers that lead you and your children down a difficult path. We will provide you with the coping strategies to keep you and your child happy and healthy. We encourage you to schedule an appointment online, contact us or call our office at 480-235-1682 with any questions. You are not alone helping your child.
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