Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Preparation for the new High School Year (and before)

Preparation for the new High School Year (and before):

It is assumed that children just know how to do things and that when they reach a certain age new skills are just suddenly obtained. This assumption could never be more wrong and creates dangerous expectations that we place on our children.

As a parent what you may not realise is that instinctively you have always directed your child (and this is expected) but as they get older the expectations that they must be able to organise and be responsible grow and this is unrealistic as they have always followed your directions and relied on you.

For high school learners this comes as a huge shock they are suddenly expected to be responsible, independent and organised. The next few blogs look at how to offset this shock and help prepare learners already in high school but also learners in intermediate phase.

Where to Start?

How to be organised?

  1. Know your Information : your class, your class teacher, your subject classrooms and teachers, your timetable, what subjects you are taking and what you need for each subject (books: text and blank, stationary and any other materials).
  2. Have a Diary and a Notebook.
  3. Create a List of your subjects (from favourite to least - and rate them as easy (little work), medium (moderate work) and hard ( a lot of work).
  4. You should plan 5 to 6 days a week to revise work (on each day you should have two to three subjects: easy, medium and hard)
  5. Your diary is to record information and a notebook is used for lists or information.
  6. Know your schedule and stick to it (for any first timers this is the hard rule - this should be your objective, aim and goal)
The difficulty with being organise is most of us, including your child, has had someone direct us and tell us what to do. Suddenly, we are left mid stream with no paddle. So start small... and allow yourself room to make mistakes and adjust.

The simplest way to stick to your new organised and responsible self is to stick to the plan - if you falter return back and try again - always return to the same plan just adjust it to offset your mistake.

The other difficulty is that some personalities are just "organised, disciplined and responsible" and others are not. It has become so easy to categorise the "other personality - disorganised, undisciplined and irresponsible" as unchanging. The key to remember here is that change is possible and that the "other personality" can adapt. It is just harder and takes more time and patience.

I can relate as I am that "other personality" in many ways and many of the methods I intend to share stem from my own experience to become more prepared.

The key focus is the transition period of being directed to being independent... so for the next blog make sure you or your child have started with the above...