COVID-19 Worry and Study Stress for Senior School Students
COVID-19 (or Coronavirus) has been more than just challenging for the current crop of Year 12 students. Not only have they had to undergo a massive change to their schooling and study routines, they’ve had to deal with perhaps the most challenging aspect of the pandemic so far – the uncertainty. Students are not immune to the same anxiety that plagues their parents, and this clearly has an effect on their mental and physical well-being, as well as their academic success. So, how do you combat the COVID worries and study stress Year 12s are feeling right now? A-Team Tuition has a proven 3 step program for ATAR score success that will help your child reach their ATAR goals and fulfil their dreams after school. Read on to find out more.
Fear and loathing
COVID-19 has created a pressure cooker of conditions with students undergoing their final year of secondary schooling. Not only do they have to deal with the usual amount of stress and anxiety due to their massive workload, the worry about their future, and the most important exams they’ve had to sit thus far, they also have to worry about the change from face-to-face learning to online learning and back again. How will all this disruption and distraction affect their overall grades and ATAR score? They’ve had to weigh up their goals and consider how a lower ATAR score might affect their future plans. As you can imagine, all of this is incredibly stressful, and it’s no wonder that 40% more Year 12 students are using counselling services like Lifeline.
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Kids are resilient though, right?
This upheaval has prompted calls for educational providers and governments to focus more on their students’ wellbeing, rather than their results. A healthier child, both physically and mentally, is going to produce better academic results. This is just basic common sense. There are ways for students to learn various coping mechanisms, to demonstrate resilience and the ability to self-motivate. This could be anywhere from meditative breathing exercises to organisation techniques to encouraging communication with other students, teachers, or parents and carers. These methods can be adopted in classrooms and will help students as they leave school and begin their lives post-school.
Another method that would be effective is private tutoring. A Team Tuition has an ATAR program designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge that will help them to reach the lofty heights of a straight A student. The program is tailor-made to suit the student, and helps them regain their confidence and motivation. They learn how to set goals and work hard to achieve them. The skills they learn throughout the program will also help set them up for success in their life after school, which is what we’re aiming for.
Despite the current upheaval in their education, there are signs that Year 12 students are learning to better support one another. Time away from school has given them a unique perspective and taught them the value of reaching out to other students who might be struggling. According to various educational institutions and counselling services like Lifeline, students are reporting more and more that they make a point of checking in with their friends, making sure that the people around them know that there’s someone who cares. Students are also making an effort to keep track of their own mental wellness, and feel less stigma about talking with others about their own mental health. Definitely a step in the right direction!