So here’s my thought of the week…
So many year 11’s are under pressure right now. They have to go to extra classes arranged by the school, even at the weekend, they have to finish off all of their coursework and revise for mock exams.
The pressure is so much that don’t know where to begin. From experience I know that they struggle with getting organised and don’t realise the seriousness of exams until it’s too late. They cannot see the bigger picture, that a little bit of work now will make less work in the future.
Parents can only push them to a certain extent but the end result depends on the child. If the child is not motivated, then you can be paying for the best schooling and extra tuition but it will not make a difference. Schools can put on booster sessions and revision sessions until 8pm every night. This will tick all the boxes and show that they care for their students of course but will the child be focussed and make the most of the time?
Until effort is made, and I mean real effort which involves engaging the brain when revising, and putting in the hours, the rewards will not be gained.
My A* students are already at the finishing line, they had their notes organised from day one, they realised that it takes an enormous amount of time, they realised that success only comes with hard graft, not because your mummy and daddy are nagging you to work.
Is this pressure a good motivator? Are we being too harsh on our kids? Or is it a necessary life skill to learn? They are teenagers, and have a right to choose what they do with their time, but when faced with deadlines and work loads, should they ignore them or work on them?