Motivate your teenager to engage in school

June 6, 2018

Motivate your teenager to engage in school

More often than not teenagers view school as a necessity and something they must do as oppose to a major benefit to their development. Second-level education is a mere 5 years and as we are all aware the school year is a very short one. As a result of this short time frame, disengaging and not performing well at school can have a considerably negative effect on a student's level of success.

As a parent it can be worrying to see your teenager disengage and not give school their most honest effort. It is essential for you to remain composed at this time and use all of your experience to address the situation in the best possible manner. Acting in a fit of blind anger will more than likely add to the problem.

Let's take a step back and approach intelligently.

Underline how quickly school will pass. A secondary school in Ireland opens for a total of 167 days per year. This is less than half the length of the calendar year. Encourage your teenager to not count each day but instead make each day count. This will make the time pass quicker and the whole experience much more enjoyable.

Establish short-term goals for each semester. Each school year comprises of three semesters. Sit down with your teenager and set a series of short-term goals for each semester. This will focus your teenager as they have something more immediate to work towards and prevent them falling into the trap of waiting until exam year to put the head down. Breaking the year into semesters will assist in keeping energy levels high.

Encourage them to participate in extra-curricular activities. Getting involved in school life will help your teenager to feel a sense of community and self-worth. This sense of responsibility and new found energy may be channeled within the classroom as they come to develop a more informal relationship with the teachers of the school.

Create and maintain healthy routines. Remaining focussed and motivated can be challenging. To support such maintenance it is important to control all the variables which we control. Little things often overlooked such as the time they get out of bed, the breakfast they have and what is in their lunchbox can make a huge difference to their ability to function optimally for longer. No matter how motivated your teenager is, if they are getting up late, skipping breakfast and snacking on processed foods they will struggle through the day.

5 simple ways to improve your memory



1. Diet 


For your brain to work at its best you must use the best fuel. Consuming a healthy and balanced diet rich in slow-releasing complex carbohydrates, good fats such as coconut oil and protein-rich lean meats such as chicken has been proven to aid all round brain performance. 



2. Exercise 


A fit body means a fit mind! Increasing your levels of activity each day by simply taking the stairs, walking to and from school or playing sport will help improve levels of concentration and your ability to recall information. 
Being active will also act as a distraction for your brain and relieve it of the demanding strains of study! 



3. Sleep 


Your brain is a feat of engineering! Every second of every day your brain is working overtime to simply meet the actions we take for granted such as moving, speaking and learning. Sleeping for a minimum of eight hours per night will keep your brain energised and performing at its optimal level which will boost your ability to recall and remember information. 


So instead of sitting in front of your television or flicking aimlessly through Facebook, aim to get yourself into bed 30 minutes earlier tonight and reap the benefits of greater brain power tomorrow! 


4. Mnemonics 


Mnemonics are a great way of recalling vital pieces of information or long lists. A mnemonic such as ‘My Very Educated Mother Just Showed Us Nine Planets’ is widely used to remember the order of the planets from the sun. 
Make your mnemonic personal and relative to the subject and you will have little trouble recalling the information under pressure on the big day! 


5. Brain Games 


Brain games have become very popular of late and are available online, on consoles and in written forms. These games are designed to test your problem-solving skills, improve your ability to recall information and are a fun and non-demanding means of exercising your brain! 

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