This year, more than ever, year 12 students need the support of their dads, families and extended school community.
We asked our ambassador Dr Tim Hawkes to assist with some guidance to help fathers and parents support their teenagers through this very challenging period made even more stressful due to COVID-19.
This is part two of a three-part series to help your Year 12 student through their final year of exams.
It is important to look at your home culture to ensure it is conducive to Year 12 study. Check things like:
Above all ensure they have a back-up system to the cloud and a second back up weekly to an external hard drive for their study notes.
Watch your tone of voice and stress levels in the house due to COVID around finances, job security, or arguments between family members. If your teen picks up on the fact that you are having financial worries, their capacity for learning will be reduced.
Build a positive environment with laughter, encouraging comments, compliments, soft music and happy banter around the kitchen table.
These are the sorts of ingredients a dad can contribute to a Year 12 student learning effectively in the home.
It is good to maintain the practice of the family eating together. Don’t allow the Year 12 student to degenerate into an ‘Uber Eats’ existence within the home. They need a break from study and connection with the real world.
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