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5 Ways to Focus your Teens for the New Year

5 Ways to Focus your Teens for the New Year


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By on 11 Feb, 2018 in Big picture, Blog, Clarity, Focus, Get Teens Organised, Term Planning |

  It is that time again.  After a summer of socialising, gaming and sleeping it is time to click back in for the new year of study.  Here are 5 strategies to share with your young people to increase focus for the new year: Set individual goals for desired achievements. Review the last year and determine what worked, what needs improving and set achievable goals for the results desired. Goals are good but action is better. Plan how you are going to achieve your goals.  Be realistic and honest with yourself.  When are you going to work and when are no not working.  Write it in a weekly planner and stick to it.  Plan work time and down time and share it with others. Clear the attitudes that are not working for you. Clear the clutter.  Clear your desk and bag to make the new year easy. Clear the thoughts that are not working for you.  Decide what you want and go for it. Have your support team in place. Who is there to help when you need it?  Get to know your new teachers and find all the support that is available at your place of study and at home.  Remember, elite athletes are surrounded by a supportive team and you need to do the same if you want to achieve great results. Balance your life. You do not need to work long hours to achieve great results but when you are working work with focus and intent.  You need to balance your study time, down time, interest and sports and of course time with family and friends. Make sure there is some time to just relax and have a life. Workshops are scheduled for young people who need help getting organised.  Go to www.transformetry.com for more...

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Where is your teen’s head at?

Where is your teen’s head at?


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By on 28 Feb, 2017 in Blog, Emotions, Focus, Get Teens Organised, Parent Information, Talking to your teen |

Before the year starts and throughout the first term, it’s is good to consider where your Teen’s head is at. What is their attitude towards the new school year? Are they excited or distressed about school? If they are excited that is easy to deal with, you can join in with their excitement. If they are distressed you might want to sit and talk about what is causing their distress and see if there is anything you can do to support them. Are they confident or anxious about the upcoming year? If they are anxious you can calm them and provide encouragement and perspective about your expectations and clarify their expectations. Are they focused or unfocused? Focus is great but what are they focused on? It could just be the social side of school which is a great and important factor but so is the academic side. Many teens are very focused on what is happening outside of school, whether it be friends, sport, shopping or gaming. This is natural but as they get further into first term they need to regain some balance between what is important inside and outside of school. If they are not focused on the academic side of their studies it is often that they lack relevance of why that is important. Talk to them about how better results provide better opportunities. Not every child can come first in their class, all we hope is that they do the best to their...

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Transitioning back into school

Transitioning back into school


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By on 7 Feb, 2017 in Blog, Emotions, Parent Information, Term Planning |

As our teens head back to school, it is important for them to click back in.  Some teens are able to click in during the first week, and they find the transition back to school easier than those that take more time to settle into the school year. Part of the issue is the change of routine, so the faster you establish the school routine, the easier and faster it is for the teens to settle. What is their emotional state? Are they excited or anxious? Both of these emotions actually provide similar physical responses in the human body, it is just our attitudes and perspectives that determine how we frame the emotion.     If they are anxious listen to find out what is causing the anxiety and try to unpack the underlying issues so that you can bring them to the surface and deal with them, one by one.       If they are excited, it is easier to deal with. It would be great if you could focus this positive energy into some goal setting for the year.  What do they want to achieve this year? Write it down and review it each term, or more often if possible.       Finally, on a more practical level, make sure everything is ready for the new school year: uniforms, school bags, stationery supplies, and that all the filing and archiving is done, both for physical files and for their online...

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School results not what your teen expected?

School results not what your teen expected?


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By on 27 Jan, 2017 in Blog |

If your Teen’s school results were not what any of you expected it is time to sit and have a chat and learn what you can from the last year.  First start with the positives. What went well, basically – what worked.  Then review the areas that you want to improve. Ask yourself – What didn’t work – what has to change? What factors contributed to this result? How much work was done and was it enough? Review the comments from your teacher from the last report card.  If you are still unclear on why a result was achieved you can contact that teacher or the school year advisor and ask for more information   The most important thing of all is to determine what your teen Teen learned from the last year –  What did they learn about themselves? How much work do they have to do to get the results they desire? What factors contributed to these results? What do they want to achieve this year?   Report Cards are a snapshot in time. Review them with this in mind, gather what information you can then put them away and look ahead to the new...

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By on 18 Jan, 2017 in Blog, Get Teens Organised, Vision, Weekly Planning, Workshops |

Everyone tells you that you need to prepare and ‘get ready’ for your HSC experience. But what does that really mean? Come and spend a fun afternoon with others going through the HSC and explore ways to make your final years of schooling a positive experience that works for you. You are young adults now so you get to contribute to how you want to learn. This group coaching workshop is designed to draw out what will work for you (rather than what you are being told to do by others). By using Adult Learning Principles together with Executive Coaching Principles tailored for Teens you will have the chance to set yourself up for a great year. So come along, and if you bring 2 friends who pay, you can come for free. There is also a door prize for a lucky person on the day to enjoy a fun experience. During the afternoon we will look at: What’s in it for you How high do you want to fly Using social media for good not for evil Building your tool box Getting Stuff Done It’s all about the chunks Balance / Unbalance / Rebalance / Balance Procrastinating later Dealing with distractions (especially the good looking ones) If you have questions, please call 0413 035 036 for more information. Afternoon tea and refreshments will be provided. Please check www.transformetry.com for more...

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5 tips to gain a fresh start to the school year

5 tips to gain a fresh start to the school year


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By on 18 Jan, 2017 in Blog, Parent Information, student organisation, Vision, Weekly Planning |

It is time to close off last year and start fresh for the new school year.  For your high school students, here are 5 things they can do to close off the previous school year:   Unpack their school bag.  Empty it out, air it, give it a clean and put everything away. Gather, sort and file away all the paper from the previous school year.  They should only keep what they value. Archive all soft copies and clean up their hard drive so they have room for the new year’s work. Clean their room and physical work spaces. Review their report cards from last year.  Learn what they can from the marks and comments, then put them away.   By doing these quick actions that should only take an hour or so, the previous year is reviewed and packed away allowing your high school student to focus on the year to come.  ...

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