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9 reasons your teen received poor NCEA results

There can be various factors influencing a teen's NCEA results. Some include the time given to study, school support and peer influence. We have listed the top 9 reasons why some students may be disappointed with their results and what can be done to improve these. 

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  1. Students didn’t have good study habits or meet the study requirements
    Forming good study habits is important in the formative years of NCEA. Each level of study requires a different number of study hours. There are at least 5 study habits that teens should be adopting to ensure they acquire high level knowledge to succeed in NCEA: a set routine, regular breaks, minimal distraction, an optimal study environment and positive posture. More on this in the free eBook below.
  2. Students don’t know their learning style and therefore don’t know how to study
    Studying is challenging and can be more so when you are trying to absorb information in a way that doesn't suit your learning style. There are three major learning styles that students can fit into: visual, auditory and tactile. By identifying their learning style, your teen can discover the best revision tactics suited to their style so they can retain the information they are being taught. 
  3. They didn’t have the right study environment at home 
    Having the right study environment at home can make or break student success. There are many different factors that make up the perfect study space for teens. Studying in their bedroom is not one of them. Our expert educators have outlined the ideal study environment for your teen in this free eBook which you can download below.
  4. They didn’t have support from their teachers
    Teacher support shouldn't just happen in the classroom. Your teen should usually have access to extra tuition from their teachers. They should also have access to a careers advisor and the school's dean to ensure the are studying subjects suited to their academic strengths, interest and intended career path. Their teachers should be available for help when they need it. If not, you need to approach the school to ask for this support.
  5. They didn’t study subjects that interest them or play to their academic strengths
    Your teen may have chosen science-based subjects when their strength and interest lies in English and social sciences. It's to their advantage that they choose subjects that interest them so they are motivated to study. It's ok to look at careers outside of medicine and law. Have your teen reevaluate what subjects they take next year. 
  6. They didn’t have positive peer influence 
    Peer influence is on the biggest factors for declining grades in teens. Being a parent of a teenager can be hard work, but try to remember your teenage years. They were pretty hard too, particularly when it came to peer pressure. At this time in a teen’s life, they’re starting to pave the way for a career. They’re making their own decisions (within reason), exerting their independence and expressing their opinion and individuality. So too are their mates. There’s a lot going on, so it’s no surprise your teen’s peers can influence their results.
  7. They didn’t set goals
    Goal setting is one of the keys to NCEA success - your teen should know what they are studying towards. Perhaps they want to get into university or gain a scholarship. Both have set credit criteria they need to meet and therefore provide positive motivation throughout the year. If their goal requires 80 Excellence credits, then at the very least they have this figure to aim for. 
  8. They are big procrastinators 
    Students are great at making excuses not to study. They can also be easily distracted by the small things such as social media, new movies, sports or quality time with friends to name a few. Set a routine and encourage them to stick to this. Help them plan study sessions so they have an end-goal each day and can stay on task.
  9. They didn't do the hard yards 
    The fact remains that success doesn't come for free. A lack of effort is often the main cause of receiving poor results. Students should make a schedule and set a time each day to study. They should adhere strictly to their study and revision timetable. Monitor their preparation and reinforce their study schedule. 

Looking for tools to help your teen reach their academic potential? Download this free eBook - An exam marker's secrets for better NCEA results. 

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