Avoiding the Term 2 slump

The first term of the school year can be exciting andnerve-wracking for parents and students alike. Once the holidays have come andgone, it can be tough to get back into the swing of things and to ensure yourchild avoids any term two blues, try some of the following strategies.

Change theperspective

School can be very repetitive for students, so it’simportant they understand the value of what they are learning. Identify yourchild’s favourite subject and encourage them to think of it with the context ofwhat they want to do after they leave school – if English is their strength,point out news presenters on TV and journalists in newspapers.

Incorporatetechnology

There are countless apps designed to assist students withstudying and, if you pick the right ones, it’s possible to see an improvement inoutput. While some can be purchased, many are free and focus on various areas,including organisation (Evernote), exam preparation (Todait) and memory(Memrise). There are also apps to assist with destressing and improving sleepcycles.

Give positivefeedback

If your child is struggling with motivation, don’t be afraidto give them a pump-up. Celebrate their accomplishments, no matter how small,and offer constructive feedback on how they can continue to improve. This willgive them a confidence boost heading to school and into the classroom.

Look forward to thenext break

Whether it’s a school sports carnival, public holiday oryear level camp, be enthusiastic about your kid’s next hiatus from theclassroom and encourage them to work hard up until the event. It’s easier to bemotivated with something exciting on the horizon, so do your best to boosttheir anticipation.

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