Having raised 2 teens and near the end of raising my third and have a teen step son I thought now would be gret time to write a blog on Teen coaching.
Still, living through very uncertain times and with all the disruption to education teenagers have had it very rough. With exams being axed, for 2 years and predicted grades being awarded and with the 6 months teens had off from school some coaching maybe useful to GET BACK ON TRACK and be prepared with skills in case education is disrupted again.
MOTIVATION-6 months off from school was a long time for habits to set in. In the beginning my teens thought it was great! No school. However, pretty soon the boredom set in. Missing the routine of getting up and ready for school, the structre of the school day and not too mention seeing and socialising with friends. Even though remote learning was introduced many teens did not get out of bed let alone get up, washed and dressed till later in the day.
Motivation is a desire, drive and willingness to achieve something or behave in a certain way. A lot of times we have to practice motivation especially through hard times, when the excitement or enthusiasm amy not be there. As we are creatures of habit whether they be positive or negative habits as humans we generally live by habit.
1- Acknowledge that for whatever reason that you have some resistance. Think about why that may be?
2- Understand that education is very important to help you create and lead the adult life you want and can help make life financially stable.
3- Create a study routine. Set aside time for yourself when you can have quiet time and away from distractions. Break the studying into blocks and include small breaks. We can all feel overwhelmed if we have a few assignements that are due. Focus on the homework that has to be submitted first.
4- Reward yourself. Be proud that you made a great decision to get orgnised!! You created a study routine and started it.
Time-management skills- Managing our time is something we need to learn while at school in order to meet the time routine of work life. In setting specific, regular time for your study routine you are creating a good habit of time management skills. Focus- Concentrate on one thing. Nothing else. Then you start to see and think more clearly about what you are focussing on. Memory- Learning to focus helps build memory. Maintaing habits creates memory.
Memory is the faculty of the brain by which data or information is encoded, stored, and retrieved when needed. It is the retention of information over time for the purpose of influencing future action. If past events could not be remembered, it would be impossible for language, relationships, or personal identity to develop. (wikipedia) Goal setting abilities- Goal setting gives you a list of manageable steps that you can take in order to take your life from where it is now to where you want it to go both effectively and efficiently. So set yourself a long term goal of studying then break it down into smaller goals. Say I am giving myself 1 week to get this homework done on time. I will allow 30 minutes per day at the stated time to give it my best. General well-being- As a teen we are used to hearing adults around us say, Eat well, get enough sleep, do not be on your phone all of the time etc. This is very true although it seems very annoying to you. Feeding our body and brain nourishing food is very important to get the best out of your body and brain. Overall, fatty fish is an excellent choice for brain health. Fatty fish is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, a major building block of the brain. Omega-3s play a role in sharpening memory and improving mood, as well as protecting your brain against cognitive decline.
Getting enough sleep is key to good health. Our body takes in SOOOO much information these days and we all need time to rest from it all. Especially having our phones and laptops with us most of the time. Time also with friends is important so make sure as part of your Time Management routine you get some fun in.
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