Creating the ideal study area for a Teenager
There remains a growing desire to reform Secondary education in the UK, after the chairman of the Education Select Committee Robert Halfon suggested that both GCSEs and A-Levels should be scrapped in the near-future.
For now, GCSEs remain a key staple of Secondary education in the UK, with hundreds and thousands of students nationwide preparing for their exams. It was only 12 months ago that my own teenager was in the midst of revision for his GCSEs, and preparing to sit 24 exams during May and June.
Given the importance of a … Continue reading
Instilling good study habits early on
When it comes to studying for exams, good study habits often have to be learnt. No matter what age your child is, or at what stage of school they are at, it’s never too late to start getting into good study habits. Then when the important exams come around, it will be second nature to them. My teenager took 24 exams last summer, so it was important for us to ensure he had good study habits.
In school no one teaches you how to revise, just told to do what is best for … Continue reading
With Christmas just around the corner, I suspect that some parents have been presented with a list that contains clothing of some sort. I am no exception, and even with just over a week to go, I am still being sent pictures of clothing from the kid’s favourite websites.
Whilst my daughter loves to shop on the high street still, I know teenage boys like to dress in designer clothes from time to time. And with Christmas on the horizon, it could be the perfect opportunity to treat them to some clothing from their favourite designer. OD’s Designer Clothing offers … Continue reading
Let’s all cast our minds back to when we had wall to wall sunshine, we lived on ice cream and BBQ food, and our summer clothes had never been worn so much. Coincidentally, the heatwave started just as my teenager finished school for 10 weeks. No revision, no exams and no school, just a summer of fun to look forward to which started with the National Citizen Service (NCS) at the end of June.
NCS is a Government backed scheme, and is aimed at children aged 16 to 17. Almost half a million teenagers have taken part since NCS … Continue reading
My teenager turns 16 in a few weeks, and I am well aware that over the next few years, raising him will get more and more expensive. Learning to drive, heading off to University, buying a car, getting on the property ladder, I can see the future and it’s not cheap.
He has already started looking for a little summer job, but many places won’t take him on until he turns 16. Though I suspect when he starts to earn a little money for himself, his first thought won’t be about saving for a deposit for a house, instead opting … Continue reading
I can finally say that one month today we will be on our way to Cancun, our Mexican holiday that was booked back in September last year. The thing with booking so far in advance is that you get the initial excitement, and then the holiday is put to the back of your mind. But with a month to go, I really need to start getting organised.
We are going All Inclusive to the Moon Palace hotel, which is situated on the outskirts of Cancun. We booked our holiday direct with the hotel, however if you prefer to book with … Continue reading
Australia is one of the many places we would love to visit as a family, if we ever won the lottery. But seeing as thought we don’t do the lottery, I will just have to dream of what we would do on an Australian adventure, starting with the 5 attractions we would visit in Sydney with the kids.
Wet ‘n’ Wild
No holiday is complete without a trip to a water park, and Wet ‘n’ Wild in Sydney offers over 40 slides and attractions. Teenagers will have fun racing against their friends, parents or even strangers in the 360 Rush, … Continue reading
Today my teenager completed his penultimate GCSE exam. Exam number 23 out of 24, with his final exam being taken next Wednesday. 24 exams between the 14th May and the 20th June, 24 exams to revise for, 24 exams to feel anxious over, 24 times to walk into the school hall under exam conditions, and to remember everything you have been taught over the past 3 years.
I remember looking at the exam timetable a few months ago. I naively thought that the 2 page document in my hand was every single GCSE, not just the ones my son would … Continue reading
I have lost count of how many times I have suggested a nice family day out, only to be met with a ‘Kevin and Perry’ moment from the teen. And of course our days out as a family are getting few and far between, as both children spend more time with their friends.
But holding on to precious family time is really important to me. In just over two years, the teen could well be heading off to University. So instead of my ideas being met with a resounding NO, I asked them to give me some ideas for our … Continue reading
Over the past few months there has been one thing that has dominated our lives, and if you also have a child in year 11, you will know exactly what I am talking about. Yes, GCSEs. The exams finally started for my son yesterday, and I am pretty sure that teens all over the country will be wishing the next few weeks away.
Talk of GCSEs start the minute your child hits year 11, and thankfully my teen has been revising since the start of September. He has dragged himself into school at weekends for revision classes, stayed late after … Continue reading