1)  Boring subjects makes them unmotivated

I remember those days in school when I had to attend many different classes I would always let out a big loud sigh.  Learning all about debit and credit in an accounting class, I thought to myself: “Who cares? If I am the boss I’d only care about profit!” Or during a history lesson, the teacher would be rambling about the Red Army in the Soviet Union, and I would be sitting on my seat daydreaming about asking the girl sitting next to me out on a valentine’s date.  Or that episode in a chemistry class, the teacher would be going through the periodic table, and I would be slouching on my desk vexed about passing the next Chemistry exam. I am sure many other students find this relatable.

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vexed about passing the next Chemistry Exam

Therefore, motivation is important.  Your child needs support from people with comparable experiences. Update yourself on your child’s learning progress. Alternatively, you can encourage your child to participate in clubs, workshops or learning platforms that injects fun into learning and meet people with common interest. A good example will be our BrightCulture Community. We have a good network of interactive students and teachers.  This will make learning process even more meaningful!

2)  Procrastination is fun

Procrastination can be a really good excuse whenever someone is tasked to do something.  This can be applied to studying as well.  Often we give ourselves a 5-10 minutes break from studying the next chapter, to get an ice-cream or to plug in our PS4 and do a big update, only to find ourselves gone missing from revision for the rest of the day.  Being productive is a big headache.

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Being productive is a big headache sometimes

The solution is time management.  When children get engrossed in technology and entertainment, sometimes they neglect proper time management. Work with your child on the reasons of distraction. Organize a to-do–list and come up with interesting ideas, like games and occasional rewards for completion of assignments.  They will learn that achieving anything is possible, and they are awesome and can probably rule the world.

3)  Can I express creativity instead?

The big problem of every school is about how they prioritize competition as the underlying foundation. Students are taught from young that acing an exam of a relevant subject is important.  That is the rite of passage to enter into the University of your Choice.  Although competition can be healthy for a student to aspire greater heights, the problem is that schools often neglect the creativity of the student.

Throwback to the days that you were taught by the school on how to tackle math problems the standardized way, like how you should solve divisions using drop down method, or to do cube root in a certain manner.  And people wonder why you dislike math? Your child feels the same way as well.

Embrace their creative nature and allow them to put it to use during learning. Reassure them that there is no universal measure with success, feel free to think big. Likewise with BrightCulture, we nurture young talents. We provide math tuition focusing on teaching our students on how to solve problem sets creatively. Other subjects in physics and chemistry are taught in illustrative manner to bring the best out in every individual. Perhaps your child might just be the next Albert Einstein in the making?

4) My grades are bad

We do find students occasionally sitting for an exam paper that they have poorly prepared for. When the results are released, they nervously collect the script, open it up like a lottery ticket, praying to god secretly hoping for a miracle grade.  However, the grades are bad and as a result, they feel disappointed and dejected.

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Feeling disappointed and dejected

This is concerning for every parent, especially if it is a recurrent issue. We need to understand what has gone wrong and learn how we can better provide support in such situations. Are they at this moment suffering from unhappiness, be it the school environment or issues with friendship?  Do they not understand the materials provided and that they are unable to seek help from their respective teachers?  Make that concise effort to sit down with your child individually and talk things out.  A listening ear can provide reassurance to the child. Proactively attend parents meeting with the school to better learn about the school and advice them on how to improve. If your child feels troubled, always confide in Mr Joel Liu. He will guarantee to make your child smile in no time!

5) Is studying worth my time?

On one hand, constant revision is vital for good grades. That helps to refresh their memory and enhance learning ability. However students should not be studying all the time as that can be very unhealthy to the body.  There should be ample rest and exercise and also time allocated for own activities.  Studying hard does not mean good results, it is important to study smart.

It is good to adopt a softer approach and advice how they should try to maximize any available time they are comfortable with to revise.   Learn about their career aspirations and let them know that you understand they may make different choices in the future, but with education as a foundation, they open more options in life to chase after their dreams. I have my 9 year old nephew telling me studying is a waste of time, that he aspires to be a businessman and create another gaming application like “Flappy bird”. Sometimes children can be so courageous and imaginative.

6) I cannot handle the exam stress

A huge reason why students need to study hard is to prepare to the final GSCE examinations. A good exam grade is required to secure a placing for higher education and this provides additional pressure to the students.  You would notice that the school coursework cares only about preparing for the finals, but not on the student’s wellbeing and often that causes exam stress.

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All other first world problems that students would not care about

            For instance before the prelims, the teacher would always like to ask impossible questions such as explaining quantum physics, or reasons why the Earth should be round, and all other first world problems that students would not care about.  They assume that the class should have fully understood everything.  This would be demoralizing to the students who are having troubles coping with the subjects and make them second guess themselves.  A student with low confidence would perform badly in exams.

As a parent, we can identify four main causes of your child’s anxiety, namely lifestyle issues, poor studying methods, feelings and information and work to improve it.  This will better the condition, and help them drop the worry and better prepare for the exams. There are so many reasons for your child to be happy, and they deserve the very best. BrightCulture is committed to achieve the best out of the students.

7) I need a helping hand

The teachers in schools may not be able to cater to every student. Often they are required to rush through syllabus, or that the school does not have ample facilities or programs to help troubled students. Every one of the students has their unique way of expressing intelligence. Sometimes they only need a little guidance to help them deal with obstacles.

Bright Culture is dedicated to handle these difficulties that students encounter. The tuition teachers possess brilliant methods to impart concepts, and are capable of honing your child’s learning ability. They are also experts in delivering motivational speeches so that your child is never lonely when handling academic problems. BrightCulture treasures every student here, and many of the past students still keep in contact with teachers like Mr Joel Liu.  Don’t miss this chance to engage with the community because we can build a meaningful lifetime of friendship together!