How to help teens struggling in school
When I was teaching, the hardest month of the year was always October. From the outside looking in you may be thinking “the school year is just getting started” or “the spring has a lot more stressful things,” but I can promise you, October was always rough for everyone, especially for teens struggling in school. I called it the October Slump. As the initial back-to-school enthusiasm wears off, many students find it difficult to stay on top of their academic responsibilities.
Keep reading for a list of common reasons for this slump and practical strategies to help teenagers overcome it.
1. Academic Overload
Teens often face an increasing academic workload in October, leading to stress and feeling overwhelmed.
Solution: Encourage your teen to create a realistic study schedule, prioritize tasks, and break them into manageable chunks to reduce stress.
2. Lack of Motivation
The initial excitement of the school year can wane, causing a drop in motivation.
Solution: Help your teen set specific goals for October, fostering a sense of purpose and achievement to reignite their motivation.
3. Social Distractions
As the school year progresses, social engagements can distract teens from their studies.
Solution: Encourage your teen to balance social life and academics through effective time management and prioritization.
4. Seasonal Changes
The transition from summer to fall can impact teens’ energy levels and moods.
Solution: Promote physical activity, outdoor time, and a healthy sleep schedule to combat seasonal changes’ effects.
5. Encourage Self-Care
Teach your teen the importance of physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
Solution: Share self-care strategies and practice them together to strengthen your bond and provide valuable life skills.
Here are some questions to ask:
- Is their work appropriately challenging?
- Where can I help them find control in their life?
- Are my teen’s needs being met?
- Is their body going through changes?
Tobin Hodges | Program Director
Tobin’s entire career has been centered around students and teens from all walks of life. He has a passion for helping teens be their best selves. As Program Director, he loves working directly with school staff and students through Teen Life Support Groups. Tobin has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Texas Tech University.