Your support is essential to the success of your student!
It is imperative that SATS students develop good time-management skills in order to fit their studies into the rest of their lives. However, they may feel guilty about spending less of their time with you so you have to make them aware that you are ok with them giving priority to their studies.
“All work and no play…” Encourage them to spend time with you when they reach a natural break in their work. Arrange outings such as picnics, parties and other activities to fit in with their assignments. Encourage them to take a day off after an assignment has been completed or after writing exams.
If the student in your life is studying full time at home, they need to break from time to time to prevent burnout. Encourage them to have tea out on the patio or relax in the living room for an hour; they will return to their work refreshed and ready to go. Then ensure that they are not interrupted when they go back to their books.
There are sure to be times when the going gets tough and that’s the time when you need to be there for them. Let them talk out their frustrations without criticism and encourage them to go on.
Recent research on student dropout concluded that students who survived the life events [birth, death and everything in between] were those who enjoyed a good support network. This could be from families and friends – or from other students. Many students even find their employer a good source of support.
Read what friends and family have to say:
Jean from Randburg South Africa: “I really enjoyed my husband’s studies. When he took a break we would sit together, often out in the garden, and he would discuss his work with me over a cup of coffee. I felt that I was a part of his studies, and I learned so much more about God and the Bible.”
|Wayne from the North West Province:“I am really proud of my dad and I tell everyone that he is a theologian now that he has his degree. I was still at home while he was studying and, while it was a bit frustrating not having him “around” all of the time, I understood that he had to be disciplined (I was doing Matric at the time!) but he always spent time with us during his scheduled breaks.”|