Many JC students start to get discouraged in school. These could include reasons such as:
You try so hard, but the result does not reflect the effort put in.
Teachers are discouraging and does not encourage and support students in the way they need to.
Secondary and JC years make up a large percentage of a child's teenage years. It is normal for you to experience bumps in the road such as self-esteem, existential, friendship and relationship problems.
There are some parents who are more stressed about their child's academics than their child, unintentionally putting negative pressure on their child to do better.
In JC, many students have their dreams into getting into a certain University course at a prestigious school, but feel their dreams crumbling apart and looking hopeless when their results are not as good as they want them to be.
How to motivate yourself:
1. Everyone is facing problems.
It is common to experience these issues. No problem lasts forever, and in 10 years time, you will barely remember anything from these years. Instead of being too sad over this, instead use the time to try to solve the problem.
2. Having a problem with bad grades is, luckily, one of the easiest problems to solve.
There is always a way to improve academically. I believe that there are no such thing as simply smart people. The people who receive good grades, instead, have smart and efficient study methods. If you are not improving even after continued studying, it just means the way you are studying is ineffective. You need to seek advice from an experienced teacher to find out a smart studying way to help you improve.
3. Don't be shy to ask for help.
Ask your tutors, your friends, your tuition teacher. Whoever it is, they probably have some kind of advice that could possibly help you. When there is a question you cannot solve, don't be stuck there and note it down, before asking a teacher. Have an open mind and do not be afraid to ask!
4. Plan out your studying schedule.
When studying, it is important to always have a direction and an end goal. Make sure you are always improving towards a set goal, instead of swimming in circles or running endlessly with no destination.
5. Lead a good lifestyle.
Sleep early, exercise, eat healthily. These will all help you in small ways to make you feel better. Don't study for more than 3-4 hours without a break. Take a walk, eat something, do anything to take your mind off studying.
6. Find your own help.
If you cannot understand your teacher, ignore them and find another teacher. Do not let them affect you and make sure you get proper help.
By Ms Cheng
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