What is a ‘school dropout’?

The term conjures images of a young boy or girl, who languishes on the couch all day eating snacks and watching TV, while their friends do what most kids do: go to school. In reality, this image is not far from the truth.

Sadly many Australian students drop out of school before reaching the age of 16. There are many contributing factors to this, but common ones include lack of parental support, issues in their home which affect their motivation, and lack of support at school, which can make the student feel lost and unsupported.

Yet as we all know, education is a key factor in a person’s success and opportunities in the world.

Career choices for students who drop out can become limited, as university becomes an unlikely option.

In addition to limited opportunities, students who drop out can often suffer from social exclusion, as all their friends are attending school together and focusing on the same things.

 

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Dropping out of school isolates children and can manifest in social awkwardness down the line.  (Source: Visual Hunt)

What goes through a student's head when they decide to drop out?

Some students feel that mainstream education has nothing to offer them. Maybe they have struggled somewhat all throughout their education, and when the chance comes to drop out, it really does not take much for them to stop going.

Unfortunately, this mentality often leads ex-students down a path of menial jobs or even unemployment. In worst cases, drop-outs may end up living on the streets, unable to find some purpose in their lives after absconding from mainstream education.

Private tutors with tutoring experience can play a key role in combating this. Many parents and support organisations are engaging the services of private tutors to give struggling students the support they require and help them find reasons to continue their studies.

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At What Age Can Kids Drop-Out?

You may be surprised to learn that students are required by law to attend school until completion of year 10 in most Australian states and territories. Of course, many children younger than this disengage with school at an earlier age, and due to various system failures and living circumstances, they remain disengaged despite being required by law to attend school.

The simple fact is: some children can’t be made to attend school.

However, even though the young person may disengage with mainstream schooling, parents are still able in some cases to deliver homeschooling. This can occur as a self-taught method, through correspondence, or through the use of private tutors with tutoring experience.

Even though we paint a grim picture, are students who drop out completely doomed to academic failure?

The answer is no.

Many students may choose to leave early for personal reasons, such as the religious beliefs of the pupil or their parents.

Here are some reasons why parents might decide to homeschool their children:

  • Parents believe they can provide a superior education to the mainstream system
  • Religious beliefs
  • Poor schooling in the immediate area, especially in low socioeconomic areas
  • Objection and distaste for the curriculum
  • Inadequate schooling thus far in relation to age

In most cases, we can acknowledge that dropout is related to the student's inability to cope with the demands of education, and their inability to see a reason to learn to cope.

From the student’s perspective, the teachers don’t have the skills to teach them. They are also unable to give the help required by the student at risk of dropout.

Or maybe, they appreciate their teacher’s efforts, but they are just not interested. Some students who lack the required support in school and out of school are likely to drop out, because in their mind, it makes complete sense, and feels like what they were always meant to do.

Engaging in online tutoring can be a valuable tool against this thinking.

How Does the Government Stop Kids Dropping Out?

Some parents consider school support when it comes to fixing student disengagement.

The Australian government also has some ideas that are proposed to prevent children from dropping out.

 

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All students can be at risk of dropping out if circumstances take a bad turn. (Source: Visual Hunt)

With Australia having many dropouts around the country, the topic is something that has been addressed by the Federal and State governments. Many reforms and solutions have been offered to help combat this.

Some solutions put forward by governments are:

  1. School or class restructuring (offering more remedial support, tutoring and homework help)
  2. Vocational training (internships or employment related to student's future career)
  3. Counselling and youth workers in schools
  4. Alternative schooling that works with difficult or disengaged students to provide an education that works to their behaviours and needs
  5. Attendance monitoring with alerts triggered by lack of attendance
  6. University orientated programming (help to prepare for the university curriculum)
  7. Case management that connects students and parents with the appropriate student services

School dropouts represent a threat to the future of Australia. Programs and incentives are implemented so that these students can remain employable and fixated on becoming contributing members of our country.

Many bright students are lost due to circumstances that lead them away from education prematurely. School dropouts are not always synonymous with kids that lack intelligence or creativity. They have simply decided that for whatever reason, school is not working for them.

Students that drop out often show early signs by having poor attendance at school. Students are more likely to be absent from high school than primary school. When asked why in a study, some of the reasons for absenteeism were depression, bullying, anxiety and lack of interest in the subjects being taught at school.

Another factor in absenteeism is that the child is not feeling connected with their teacher. When the student feels that they don’t ‘owe’ their teacher anything, this can contribute to not wanting to go to class. Often when the teacher/student relationship is good, the student will attend, even when they are feeling like skipping, just to have an interaction with that teacher.

If only all teachers were so loved.

How Do Remedial Lessons Help?

To break the pattern of absenteeism and dropping out, one of the best things you can do is enlist a private tutor, with experience, to help get the student on track.

Academic coaching takes many forms. It can involve providing the student with new study strategies. It can involve preparing for tests or exams. It can also involve getting ready for the next academic year.

One of the biggest benefits of tutoring in the home is that the private tutor can help tailor lessons that are based on the child’s recognised strengths and weaknesses in the topic.

Find out more reasons why engaging a tutor is best for a student’s studies. Tutors are available in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane or anywhere else in Australia.

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Children that experience encouragement and positive reinforcement in their learning have more chance to succeed. (Source: Visual Hunt)

Using a structured and well-designed schedule, hiring a private tutor can be a perfect remedy to wayward learning and poor performance at school.

One great thing about tutors is that even though they are able to pass on valuable skills when it comes to studying and doing well academically, they are also able to guide each child in terms of behaviour and attitudes that will lead them to success not just in school, but in life.  

A private tutor’s main aim for their student is that they see some form of academic success at school, whatever that means to them. Unlike teachers within the school, tutors are able to provide a more personalised form of support. That will spur on the child and make them feel valued as they learn.

Private tutors are particularly useful in the period leading up to an exam, or exams. Success in exams is key to continuity in studies. With a decent score at the end of their secondary education, any child can have access to a wide range of tertiary learning institutions.

Ongoing success instils confidence in the student that is required to carry out the rest of their school years. Without this self-belief, students are at risk of drifting away from education entirely.

From the start of the academic year, the private tutor will use their experience to coach the student and improve their skills. Private tutors can help the student consider their future career options in a calm and private manner.

Private tutors will often offer online sessions via webcam if there is a reason the student can’t meet face-to-face. Save time on running around to appointments by engaging the services of a private tutor online from the comfort of your own home.

Whatever subjects you need help with: maths, English, chemistry, physics, biology, economics, business management or any other subject. Highly skilled tutors are available for tutoring in subjects for any child of any grade or learning ability.

Especially when getting ready for assessments, getting a private tutor is always a good idea.

Study Support: Making Learning Fun Again

Recommended by pupils and parents alike, private tutoring is an alternative to mainstream schooling that can yield tremendous results.

But what are the main points of difference between private tutoring sessions and traditional learning at school?

Pedagogy always takes precedence in a tutoring session.

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Tutoring is available anywhere thanks to online technology. An online teaching experience can be very valuable. (Source: Visual Hunt)

Discussions between the student and teacher help the private tutor to tailor a class specifically targeting the pupil's needs.

Pupils that receive tutoring from a private tutor can feel a connection to their education because of:

  • Revision that help the student keep up with what’s being taught
  • Technology to keep lessons fresh
  • Chance to learn in different environments like cafes or in the park
  • New revision techniques like ‘mind maps’
  • Additional help with homework
  • Direct oral communication that is tailored to the student being taught
  • Conversations that let them express how they feel about their learning and what is working or not working for them
  • The chance to learn online from the comfort of their own home

Quite often the tutor becomes more than just a teacher for the student, they are a person that is invested in the academic journey of the pupil, and understands how that person is travelling on that journey. More than academic difficulties, the tutor can help the student through other stresses associated with school and heading towards the next phase of life.

Gone are the feelings of just being another name on the roll, another misfit in the back of class.

Private tutors know the ins and outs of each subject the student undertakes. They understand the things the student does well, and aspects they may struggle with.

Private tuition makes higher marks, higher levels of motivation, and increased self-confidence all become a reality. These outcomes align with the school system’s aim of producing fewer dropouts and getting high average test scores.

A private tutor can make doing well in subjects more achievable and enjoyable thanks to modern teaching techniques that students resoundingly love.

To avoid falling behind or leaving school, private tuition is just what it takes to get back on course. It doesn't matter what subject you choose: maths, English, chemistry, biology, physics, economics, business management or any other subject. Highly skilled tutors are available for tutoring in any subject for students of all levels. Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane or anywhere else in Oz.

Parents: see how tutoring can set your students on a path to not only enjoying education, but excelling at it.

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