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POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR CREATES POSITIVE ATMOSPHERE!

As late teens, our trainees go through many changes. The expectation to get a good grade in the HSC, holding a job to get used to the transition into adulthood and to have social and domestic responsibilities can be extremely overwhelming. Although our trainees are the ones going through the exam process, the impact of parents and parental exam anxiety is a major factor in the environmental dynamic of teenagers. As a community, there are many ways we can support our trainees to support themselves.

ENCOURAGING ENVIRONMENTS

Creating environments of encouragement is the foremost change we can make to assist trainees in the pressures of senior school expectations. They didn’t get a fantastic grade in their year 11 assessment? Reactions should be kind and considerate, outlining what they think they could have done better in and promoting consistent growth. The reaction of downgrading their efforts and making them feel as though they failed compared to their friends can be belittling and impact not only their self-esteem but also their mental health. 

BE PRESENT IN THEIR STRESSFUL TIME, DON’T REPRESENT THE STRESS

Whether it be reiterating their efforts and how close they are to a milestone, promoting positive thinking, or assisting them in finding resources they need to excel or help themselves, the little things matter most. Students often go through waves of emotions during exams. Bursts of anger, frustration, and sadness are all signs of being emotionally distressed and overwhelmed. Some tips include stable routines at home, such as weekly walks together. Creating opportunities for trainees to know when to step away and have a rest is also very important. Self-care awareness is on the rise, so LEA dedicates one of our mindfulness workshops to producing resources for our trainees to know when to stop and do something to change their state of mind when things feel too overwhelming.



Author

Jakub Jelinek

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