I created it last year as the whole country (and most of the world)
went to online learning / alternative learning / learning from home…
(whatever your school is calling it!)
in order to give parents of teens some practical strategies to support their children.
Strategies that go beyond
‘have a quiet study space’
‘try to keep the same daily timings’.
(Which are perfectly valid, but not really going beyond common sense.)
And strategies that are immediately actionable and will make an instant difference.
As opposed to doing 10mins of extra reading about topical issues each day – which actually isn’t going to make any difference to their study strategy or results
(I’m happy to expand on this point if requested!)
and even if it did, it would take a loooooonnnng time to see it pay off.
Some stress is good.
In fact, it’s helpful.
It keeps us focused, energised and alert.
I’m often telling students this.
Because the word ‘stress’ (understandably) has a heap of negative connotations.
And a lot of my training is indeed centred around reducing students’ stress.
But there are times (like having to write an essay in exam conditions!) that it’s natural to feel some stress.
The key is understanding when everything is going to plan and we’re just under pressure (time pressure of the exam and the pressure to perform well – the latter of which is even greater when it’s a seen essay Q that you’ve prepped for!)
Stress because we don’t know what we’re doing.