A recent OECD PISA report on students’ well-being revealed some significant findings.
Students identified a number of factors, including exam anxiety, poor grades, meeting assignment deadlines, peer & social pressure, non-supportive teachers (and schools), for feeling stressed about their performance at school.
It was interesting to note that students also made reference to “emotionally remote parents” adding to their stress levels. A positive flipside to this is one key finding that teens who talked with their parents at dinner reported higher levels of overall life satisfaction.
Teachers and schools play a bit role in helping their students feel happy about the life options. The OECD Chief of Staff, stated, “Together they help young people develop a sense of control over their future and the resilience they need to be successful in life.”
Parents make a big difference as well. When parents spent time talking with their child and/or talking about how they were going at school, the report indicates there is a positive academic impact on the child. For example, “students who spent time talking with their parents where two-thirds of a school year ahead in science learning.”
At KB Enterprises (Aust) Pty Ltd we focus on helping students identify how they can learn, communicate and lead best. Yes, getting that sense of control over their future when they can develop skills and strategies to cope with school work, assignments, schedules, academic performance, etc.
We have a free genius test that your child can take that will help identify their natural strengths and capabilities. You will find it at Discover Your Genius All they need to do is answer 5 short multiple choice questions, add a name and email (this could be a parent’s email) and submit the completed online questionnaire. I check the responses and then provide a brief report that will help your son or daughter.