Is your child uninspired, demotivated, and constantly procrastinating at school despite all your efforts in seeking academic support?
It’s probably one of the most frustrating things to see. Because if there’s one thing committed parents would love to see, it’s children thriving, being proactive, and feeling a sense of fulfilment in what they do.
The truth is that some students are burdened with poor time management and performance. Some may be disappointed and lack the motivation to try. Others procrastinate and, sometimes, avoid attending school throughout. These signs of poor study habits compound exponentially not only to make students feel helpless but can also be exhausting for parents and educators supporting them.
The good news? It doesn’t have to be a dead-end from there. Kalibrate-Ed is a firm believer in students’ hidden potential to succeed. Despite challenges, there’s always a key to unlocking greatness in any student.
Why Study Effectiveness Matter
The successful transition of students from high school to university is strongly linked to study effectiveness. Students with the strongest academic performance get the first pick of the most competitive courses. According to a recent report by the 2023 Centre of Independent Studies, 75% of students use ATAR to enter university, with the majority anchored solely on ATAR for their successful transition. Achieving a high ATAR reflects strong study strategies. For any parent who cares about boosting their child’s success, this highlights the critical importance of amplifying their study effectiveness with personalised learning strategies that fit their strengths to give them that unique competitive edge.
Furthermore, the connection between mental health and academic performance is apparent. According to the “Young Minds Matter” survey, 14% of Australian children experienced a mental disorder in the recent past directly associated with their school performance. Transforming poor study habits into robust, effective ones not only leads to better grades but can also foster a healthier, happier, and more confident child in learning.
There’s More to Poor Habits Than Meets the Eye
It’s important to remember that your child’s poor habits are symptoms of ineffective studying and that there are so many different root causes. Each child is unique. For some teenagers, the study environment and mental health can play a significant role in derailing good study patterns. Meanwhile, others may have specific learning needs, such as dyslexia or ADHD, that must be taken into consideration too.
These are just a few common things that can prevent a child from performing at their full potential. But there are also external factors that impact study effectiveness. Research has found that most students in New South Wales grapple with ineffective studying because of a lack of proper guidance and training in schools. A recent study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) reveals that the average student-to-teacher ratio in Australian secondary schools was approximately 13.5:1. This makes personalising education in the classroom a real challenge. Despite most schools’ efforts to schedule enrichment programs, such as study skills workshops and seminars, it’s clear that more needs to be done to make sure students are getting the support they need to implement these skills and practically apply them to daily study.
The point is this: without a proper understanding of what exactly leads to things like procrastination, distractions or low motivation, parents and educators are leaving students to fight an uphill battle they’re unlikely to win. They might come out “all right”, but their potential will be capped — they won’t be reaching their highest academic potential in the classroom or preparing the right springboard for ongoing success in the future.
From Symptoms to Signals for Support
Poor study habits are a signal for support. Children need all the help they can get to implement effective study habits. In fact, research from the University of Sydney found that students with implementation support are 50% more likely to gain effective study habits, as well as organisational skills, for a positive overall academic performance.
The first thing most parents try to help their child is to find a tutor to address their child’s subject-specific needs, whether it’s in Mathematics, English, or History. However, contrary to popular belief, tutors are not the only option here. While tutors excel at subject-specific knowledge and skills, they lack the training and specialised experience to refine the central skills in building and amplifying effective study techniques: knowledge retention, time management, exam techniques, building motivation as a process, stress management and other fundamental learning skills.
There’s a whole spectrum of support out there, ranging from tutors who specialise in specific subjects to learning support to education strategists who can roadmap and implement your child’s entire journey. Most importantly, no one knows a child more than their parents. You’re at the front lines to recognize the need for specialised support that matches their real-time needs, which is vital because they deserve the best possible education and future outcomes.
Switching to Specialised Support
According to the recent report of the Australian Council for Educational Research, students with personalised implementation support show a 17% improvement in their time management skills compared to those without the same kind of support. At Kalibrate-Ed, our Education Strategists work one-on-one with students and address their unique learning profiles.
Here’s how we help support them:
- Personalized Roadmaps: We create a tailored roadmap that unlocks their potential and optimizes academic performance.
- Strategic Tools and Techniques: Whether it’s busting procrastination or amplifying overall study effectiveness, our exam mastery tools can adapt to different stresses and environments. This approach ensures consistent results across all subjects.
- Embracing Technology: Instead of treating technology as a distraction, we help students learn how to regulate device use and transform it into a tool for productivity and remote learning.
- Partnership with Parents and Schools: We collaborate with parents and schools to ensure a cohesive and collaborative approach to every child’s learning needs.
- Focusing on Future Opportunities: Our strategies are designed to ensure your child effectively navigates their future. With this, they can avoid missing out on future opportunities, whether in university or in their career path.
Seeing your child struggle without improvement can stir up feelings of frustration or even failure. But it’s okay to recognise that something isn’t quite right and more than okay to seek help.
Parents are fierce protectors of their children’s futures, but they’re also powerful leaders. Even if you’re not an education expert yourself, there’s still so much more you can do for your child. And that starts with finding the right person to amplify your child’s study effectiveness.
“Amplifying study effectiveness” isn’t just some phrase or buzzword. In our world, it means a strategy and an approach to ensure your child’s academic success. At Kalibrate-Ed, we’re here to support, guide, and inspire your child to be proactive and successful.