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Reasons Why Teenagers Don't Do Well in School

by Lauralee Moss

Teenagers tend to perform poorly in school when their focus lies elsewhere. By high school, teenagers have been in school for a decade. They may be overwhelmed with the challenges or upset about their life circumstances. Students often face adult issues and are ill-equipped to deal with them. Schools and parents attempt to help with counseling programs, youth camps and structure, but issues may still interfere with school. Looking at the challenges teenagers face, mental or physical, may spark changes and compassion.

Exhaustion

Teens struggle in school if they are tired. Many schools begin classes before teenagers' bodies are ready to be awake. The Mayo Clinic reports that teenagers need nine hours of sleep a night; however, few clock that many hours. Furthermore when teens suffer from exhaustion, their judgement is impaired, thus contributing to poor choices and more struggles in school.

Family Concerns

Students with a chaotic family life struggle in school. Teens may lack emotional or physical help with classwork. Students may receive improper nutrition at home or have inadequate sleeping arrangements. Additionally, some teens are heads of their own families. Either they are married or they are responsible for their own children. Their family is the priority, not homework or attending school. Students who stay up late with a sick child lack focus in school the following day.

Over-Committed

Teens can involve themselves in extracurricular activities and work, leaving little time for schoolwork. Playing a different sport year-round entails after-school practices, competitions and camps. Teens are often members of societies and clubs, which often require community volunteer work and other commitments. Lastly, many teens work part-time jobs. Teens are committed to paying for vehicles and the insurance or the supplies for their extracurricular activities. They may struggle to find the appropriate balance, says Scholastic.com.

Beliefs

Students may not believe that school is worth the effort. Scholastic.com stresses that children pick up on their parents' attitudes, values, and innermost feelings about learning. Parents or other role models may instill the belief that school is unnecessary or that it does not require much effort. This disinterest causes poor performance. Other times, teens go through a rebellious stage in which they question their beliefs, and this results in rebellion against the school system.

School

Students' coursework can be too difficult or too easy. Both situations cause anxiety and stress. Teenagers may have a learning disability. As they get older, students become frustrated in dealing with it. Other times, the learning disability goes undiagnosed. Students may find the coursework uninteresting or believe it does not relate to their lives. Teenagers may feel unwelcome at school, especially if they lack a teacher or counselor for support. Some schools have a high turnover of staff or poorly trained staff which can translate to poor classroom experiences. Teenagers may also face bullying, which can make it hard to get through the day, according to Scholastic.com.

About the Author

Lauralee Moss writes about education, female-oriented subjects and parenting. She writes for Advice for Parenting, Book Rags and other websites. Moss' master's degree research project studied the organizational habits of high schoolers. She is currently developing a new website about switching classrooms and educational theories.

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