Problems at school


Most students go through some ups and downs throughout the year. Experiencing problems at school is not unusual for many young people.

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When difficulties get on vị trí cao nhất of us, it can be like a domino effect. One domino falls over and all the rest seem khổng lồ pile up. It’s OK to lớn have mixed feelings about school, as everyone has their good days và bad days. Whether you’re having problems with schoolwork, friends, or fitting in, you are not alone.

Some common problems in school and solutions:


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Difficulties with school work

Having trouble with school work or falling behind is a common worry for students. Falling behind can happen easily, especially if we miss days of school. Some teachers can also fly through lessons. Or sometimes we can just find it hard khổng lồ concentrate.

When we are finding it hard to lớn keep up with homework it may cause us to feel overwhelmed or anxious. It can also be frustrating or stressful when the teacher asks us a question & we don’t know the answer.

Having ongoing difficulties at school can drain motivation. This can then cause you lớn feel like giving up or as if there is no point. If any of this sounds familiar lớn you it’s really important you talk to someone.

Here are some things to lớn consider if you find you are feeling overwhelmed at school:

Alternative ways of learning- Opening up khổng lồ a teacher or parent can help. Firstly, try khổng lồ identify the exact problem. Is it one subject you are finding difficult? Or bởi you find it hard lớn concentrate all the time? We all learn in different ways & at different paces. Think about what type of learning suits you. Using pictures or diagrams will be a lot easier & make a huge difference if you are a visual learner. Look up talks và lessons on YouTube could help if you need khổng lồ hear things a few times. Would studying và discussing with a friend help?Talk khổng lồ your teacher or year head- Let your teacher know what areas you’re having difficulties with and its impact on you. They may be able to lớn come up with some suggestions for how you can catch up or get back on track with your study. The earlier you flag that you’re struggling the easier it will be khổng lồ manage things, but it is never too late to talk.Take notice of the good things- Think about the positive things that happen during the day. “‘This morning I did this well in … “. If you answered a question right or made a new friend make a mental note of it. When things aren’t going so well, try to lớn remind yourself of some of these nicer experiences.Try lớn change how you think about school- Getting something wrong in class or failing a kiểm tra can be frustrating & upsetting. But, know that we all have bad days or make mistakes. Can you shift how you look at events lượt thích this? Easier said than done, we know, but they can be opportunities lớn learn from & do better next time. There is nothing to be learned by getting things right all the time.

No matter what stage you’re at in school, it’s never too late to build good study habits. Read Sarah’s story to find out how scheduling can help.

Problems with concentration

If you have been finding it difficult lớn keep on đứng đầu of schoolwork for a while despite your best efforts, there may be an underlying cause, like dyslexia. This is a condition that can make it harder to lớn learn or lớn concentrate. Although relatively common, it can sometimes take a while lớn detect. An educational psychologist or mental health professional would need to conduct an assessment to confirm dyslexia.

Talk to lớn a guidance counsellor, your year head or a trusted teacher khổng lồ help you identify the right support.

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Friendships at school

Making và having friends, along with feeling we fit in, is a big part of school life. Friends can become very important to lớn us in secondary school và can become lượt thích a second family.

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We all have a place in the world but sometimes it can feel lượt thích we just don’t fit in. School can be stressful for some young people, worrying about not having anyone to lớn hang around with at break times or at the weekends. Even if we develop friendships easily, we can still over up being excluded by friends at times.

Feeling left out

No one likes to lớn be left out of a Snap Chat group or realising we weren’t invited khổng lồ the cinema after seeing pictures on Instagram. This can lead us to lớn feel upset, lonely, & self-conscious, & spend a lot of time wondering “why am I the friend that gets left out?”.

At other times we can also feel pressure to bởi what our friends are doing lớn feel lượt thích we belong. Drinking or sharing stuff online, can be things we end up doing even if we’re not that comfortable with it, so people don’t think we’re weird.

If you have experienced any of these, unfortunately, they can be a normal part of school life. However, there are things we can vì chưng to help.

Change how you view a situation- Often it can be good khổng lồ view things from another perspective. Challenge unhelpful thoughts. Look at other ways to lớn think about a situation. If you are upset about not being invited out, remind yourself that it’s OK if two friends go lớn the cinema together. In the past, you may have gone khổng lồ the cinema without another friend.Talk or connect with someone- If you feel excluded by friends, is there someone else khổng lồ talk or connect with? There may be other people in your year who also feel excluded. Or you might know people outside of school who you can talk to about what is going on.Work on your social skills- If you find it hard making friends or talking khổng lồ people start by setting yourself small goals. Start with saying hello và then move on to something bigger lượt thích joining a club, group, or new activity. Although it may feel scary, making new friends is about taking a chance & making the move khổng lồ talk lớn somebody. What is the worst that can happen if you say hello?Value what makes you different- We can think that feeling a sense of belonging is more important than anything else. Being true to yourself is just as important. Have there been times when you have felt pressure to bởi something or behave a certain way when it has made you uncomfortable? While fitting in can feel important, learning lớn love what makes you ‘you’ và what makes you different is crucial. Back to top

Not getting on with teachers

In secondary school, because there are so many teachers, the chances are high that we won’t get on with them all. Sometimes we can find certain relationships particularly difficult.

We can feel that a certain teacher doesn’t lượt thích us, has it in for us or treats us unfairly. This can happen when it seems a teacher is pulling us up on our behaviour while other students get away with stuff.

It’s not unusual to lớn feel angry, upset or disengaged when we feel a situation is unfair. You may start avoiding a certain class or even stop going in to school at all.

Improving your relationship with teachers

When it comes to relationships with teachers, recognise what you can, and can’t control. You can’t make a teacher act fairly or treat you in a certain way. Yet, there are some things you can vày to try & improve your relationships:

Consider talking to lớn them- If tensions between a student & teacher have escalated, chances are neither person is happy about it. Talk khổng lồ the teacher và see if you can ‘reset’ your relationship.Look at the evidence- Sometimes when we think a teacher doesn’t lượt thích us or that they’re being unfair, there may be another explanation. A teacher might have spotted your potential, so is pushing you harder than others. You might feel singled out by a teacher, but actually, every other student in the class may vày as well. Consider whether there are other explanations for what you feel is going on.

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Think before you respond- This is a big one. Even if it feels unfair, if a student gets angry with a teacher, they are usually the one that’s punished. Before you launch into an argument or storm out of a class, consider the impact of this on you & your learning. It is likely lớn have more of an impact on you than on the teacher.Take a look at your own behaviour- Often when we don’t get on with a teacher, we may think it’s fun khổng lồ wind them up, not listen or misbehave in class. If this sounds familiar, why not experiment with this? See whether changes in what you vì chưng in class (ie. Vì chưng not try to wind them up) elicits changes in how your teacher responds. Back to vị trí cao nhất