Starting year 7 is like a mixed bag of lollies. Each day is always different and you never know what kind of emotions your children are going to feel with any given situation! From nervousness, to excitement and confusion — starting a new grade, let alone one in a new environment, with new procedures, new expectations and new friends is a challenging one to navigate.
It’s really common for children to come home after school feeling stressed with the workload they’re given in year 7. It’s a huge jump from year 6! In primary school, some children were expected to do no homework to approximately 3 hours of homework per week, whereas in year 7, they could approximately 2 hours per day and it only increases as they progress through high school.
During school, they’re introduced to new subjects and new methods of learning where they might feel really overwhelmed.
Here are some of the things you can do to help your children cope with the year 7:
Set up a desk, with a chair, study cards, highlighters and perhaps even a small whiteboard to them create the right mindset. With a dedicated study space, they’ll stay focussed for longer and are able to fully comprehend the work.
- Design a study routine.
A study routine or study schedule isn’t a one size fits all magical formula that will work for all your children. Every child learns in a different way and work at different levels. You need to test to see what kind of a learner your child is. They could be a visual, auditory, verbal, physical, logical, social or solitary learner and they need to be equipped with the tools to learn in the way that works best for them.
- Seek help
Encourage your children to ask you for help with their homework, to ask their teacher for help in the classroom and to ask their friends for help during school. This support network does wonders for a child’s confidence and personal development. Seeking external help, like tutoring boosts your child’s growth, academic level and overall confidence!
- Extracurricular activities
Studies show ‘that the students that are involved in extracurricular activities perform better academically.’ This is because extracurricular activities provide children with an outlet that trains their mind and body in a different way that school does. It also acts as a break from study to refresh their mind. Not to mention, they are learning to navigate the study/life balance which will help them in the years to come. However, it is important not to have too many extracurricular activities. We recommend 1-2 nights a week as this fosters the perfect balance between school, activities and study.
Is your child finding year 7 overwhelming or would you like some strategies to help better prepare your child for school?Call us on 0433 790 782 for a free consultation!