Keep teens focused in quarantine at no extra cost with quick home-schooling tips – The Sun

SCHOOL’S out, for now at least – and so at-home lessons are in. But I have heard from many parents struggling to keep their teenage kids’ motivation on track.

I spoke to former head teacher Leon Hardy, who is running FREE virtual lessons — and here are his helpful tips . . .

MOTIVATION: When they sit down to study, get your son or daughter to write three “why” statements about what they are learning.
Help them create some positive statements to frame all the learning that will follow. For example:
A) I’m doing . . . . . . . . . because . . . . . . . . . . .  .
B) I’m going to invest in myself by . . . . . . . .  in order to . . . . . . .
C) If I want . . . . . . . . . then . . . . . . will help me toward that.
It takes only a few minutes to do but will help keep your kids focused on what it is they want to achieve.

SKILL UP: Boost confidence by making your son or daughter realise the skills involved in any homework they are doing, whatever the subject.
Key things to cover are communicating (talking), recalling (remembering), observing (looking/reading), researching (finding out) and implementing (using).
This can help children to break things down so even though they may not complete or fully under-stand a piece of work, they are at lest aware of which skills they are using. They can take some confidence from this.

GET REAL: Connect teens’ studies to anything they may do, day to day, in the real world.
Try to find immediate and practical aspects of your life to discuss. Examples could be ­­how learning about measure-ments and materials can help with DIY jobs around the home.

  • Leon is live-streaming free GCSE lessons daily from 9.45am till noon. Classes include English, maths, chemistry, physics, biology, computing, literature, PE and drama. For more details, see

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