Helping you get through tough times

Problems at school

School days aren’t always the best days for loads of people – it can actually be a pretty stressful place to be, and when you don’t like being there, it can make learning tough.

purple ceramic surfaceTrouble keeping up in class

If you’re have trouble with your schoolwork, it can be easy to fall behind, and falling behind is something that stresses people out. This can really effect your confidence, and can be difficult to bring up to teachers.

Sometimes you can feel like there’s no point trying to catch up, or get embarrassed and try to hide the fact that you’re struggling by either getting really quiet or being disruptive in class.

The thing to remember is that everyone’s way of learning is different, and difference doesn’t have to be a problem. It’s just a question of figuring out what works for you, what you like, and how the people that are there to help can help you out.

Overcoming difficulties

There are loads of ways to overcome learning difficulties or problems with specific subjects. Firstly, talk to your school counsellor or a teacher you trust about how tough you are finding your schoolwork.

They’re there to help you learn and might be able to get you extra help, or encourage you to work with other people who know what would work for you.

Many schools have extra sessions to help people with areas they find a bit tough. Don’t be afraid to ask your counsellor/teacher what’s available.

Talking about it

Talk to someone you trust about how you feel. Getting help for the academic side of things is one thing, but you might also need to talk to someone about how it makes you feel and what’s on your mind.

Make time to talk to your parents, friends, counsellor or teacher about the things that upset you and how they can help you overcome them. Check out support from friends and family or face-to-face help.

Trouble with teachers

Most people run into trouble with a teacher or two at some point during school. Teacher’s aren’t always the easiest to get on with. They can be demanding, and sometimes they can make life a bit difficult for you, especially if they don’t understand how you work or what you need.

If one teacher in particular is giving you a hard time, you can ask the school counsellor to talk to them on your behalf. If you have tried to improve the situation and you still find things tough in their class, there might be steps you can take to make a complaint.Check out resolving differences.

Making school a better place to be

School can be a really unhappy place if you encounter any of these problems, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s a good idea to talk about your concerns with someone you trust.

Your student council could be of help. You may find that once you do talk about whatever’s going on, the situation improves and school becomes a more enjoyable place to be.

This article was last reviewed on 13 June 2018

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