You don’t need us to tell you what weird and unstable times we are living in. It’s been a crazy year or so and the whole world has been affected one way or another. No one has been immune to the effects of COVID-19, especially our children!
We have young adults who were once excited to start university and college, only to be having to take lectures over zoom. All of the stories they heard about how “university would be the best years of their life”, only to have been greeted with being locked away in their new dorms, unable to interact with their fellow students, and doing all the normal things that freshmen do.
And then we have the youngsters, excited to go to school, only to be locked in doors and having to sit in front of a computer screen, expected to be motivated and excited to learn.
It is a difficult time indeed, but don’t worry! There are solutions for those who want to stay ahead with their education.
If you or your children have been facing cancelled exams and you are worried that motivation levels might be dropping and that perhaps the results will be affected by these turbulent times, then please read on!
Unstable Education Can Kill Motivation
With so much uncertainty and instability, it’s no wonder why so many students are struggling to stay head of the curve right now. Everything is up in the air and nobody really knows what’s going on at the moment. As such, motivation levels are dropping and students are struggling to maintain their grades and keep up the momentum. So, what can you do?
Remind Your Children That They Are Learning for the Future and Not Just for Exams
A recent study where children were tasked with learning conversational Chinese yielded some interesting results. Half of the students were given one reason why they were learning, and the other half a different reason. The first reason, was simply to prepare for an exam. The second reason, was because learning the language could help them tremendously in the future when planning their careers.
Needless to say, those who were given the latter reason, were so much more motivated to learn. So, are cancelled exams the worst thing in the world at the moment? Well, it certainly isn’t helpful. However, there are ways you can turn it around.
For example, hiring a private tutor to keep your children engaged and learning can be a good way of keeping up the momentum. You can tell them not to be disheartened with their exams being cancelled, and that in the mean-time, they can keep up their studies and prepare for an awesome future, one where they can be whoever they want to be, and do whatever they want to do.
Some Schools Are Scoring Based on Classroom Performance and Assessments
In Wales, it was announced that all exams due to take place in 2021 have been cancelled and that all students would be graded instead, based on classroom assessments and performance. This has been quite a frightening revelation for many people, particularly for those who were confident about taking their exams, though not so happy with their performance in the classroom. Many people feel cheated and ‘caught out’ with these new methods, given how everyone else, historically, has been given the chance to prepare and take part in traditional examination.
A very similar situation is happening here in Bangkok, Thailand, which has many students worried about their futures.
Create a Home-Schooling Schedule
If you are concerned about your students missing out on a quality education at the most important time in their school careers, then the best thing that you can do is take matters into your own hands. Rather than rely on the schools—who at the best of times, tend not to have a clue as to what is happening—you can set up a home schooling schedule.
This is a great way of taking back control and giving your children a little more structure at home during times of lockdown. You could even invest in a whiteboard and create a “home school” environment, so that your children can feel some semblance of regularity. In addition to that, having a private tutor to fill in the gaps can be a great, including test prep for IGCSE’s for the following year.
In any case, it is important that you try to remain calm. Remember, your children will mirror you and your body language and if they sense that the schooling situation is stressing you out, then it is going to negatively impact them as well.
Instead, remain calm, hire a private tutor if possible, and arrange some home schooling in the meantime. In any case, we wish you the very best of luck and hope for a swift return to normality soon enough.