“S” is for Stressed Student
Daily Diary Does the Deed
Those students who don’t take control of time will have time controlling them.
It is these students, particularly Secondary School student, that display symptoms of stress as the year progresses.
Students who learn how to use a diary and planner at the beginning of the year are more likely to feel relaxed as the year progresses.
Keeping a written diary or planner appears to be almost a lost science. Everything today seems to be electronic with touch pads for keying entries and apps that help to link all the diaries together and co-ordinate your appointments. This is all very impressive but is it helping your student?
beginning of the term or semester your student is given their assignments and
due dates. They are also aware of sports training and events they should
be attending; forthcoming birthdays and family events; and school
activities. Showing your son or daughter how to use a diary is a valuable
life skill to pass on to them. Sitting down once a week and running
through that week’s entries helps to co-ordinate lifestyles.
We are all given twenty-four hours a day, how you use them is up to you.
for Over-Worked Student
parents don’t realise they may be setting their children up for burn-out later
in the year because they, as their child’s coach, have not planned their
activities so their academic athlete may peak at the appropriate times
is with the best intentions that many parents will fill almost every minute of
their little one’s waking hours with sport, training for sport and transport to
and from sport. I am amazed at how many
children are undertaking more than one sport a school term. If you are a parent who is building a
champion, please remember three things.
1. Training and playing sport are tiring,
very tiring. That is why great coaches
don’t over-load their prized athletes.
They allow down time for recovery and for their protégés to spend time
doing non-competitive recreational activities.
2. A tired student will find it difficult
to concentrate in class. Many students
who participate in after school sports are still running around during the day
at school. Play is how they socialise
with their friends. An over-loaded
student will take the inactive time in
the classroom to recharge the batteries with rest. This will affect their learning.
3. In today’s world a person has a much
better chance of achieving a high-income future with good grades than becoming
a highly paid athlete. It is best to
plan a balanced week for your child.
Yes, sport is important, but it should not be the only focus to your
Children are growing and that takes energy. You can help by planning their week to include some down time when there is no running around, high energy sport or study. Sometimes, it good to let them be themselves to develop their own interest.