Preventing Burnout for
your Homeschooled Teen
5 tips for those post-holiday months!
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Take a chill day.
The day in, day out studying of multiple subjects for hours, filled with papers, calculations, and
science equations, can be taxing on a high schooler. These teens are typically juggling
school, electives, sports, music, a part-time job, and college prep. (Not to mention keeping up
with friendships--wait, what’s that?) They are bound to burn out. To help avoid this, take a
day to just have fun! Ice skating and coffee, a video game tournament, a movie marathon,
binging Netflix with popcorn, maybe even a day at the skate park. Whatever it is, give them
the day to take a break.
Study a topic of their choice.
One thing that can help stave off burnout is to let teens study a topic of their choice. When
they take special interest in a certain part of their day, it can turn the whole day around
and keep them motivated. What are they interested in? Ballet? Sharks? Politics? The
environment? Let them study that topic! Whether it’s completely on their own, through an
online course, or with an elective, it’s bound to help reinvigorate their school day!
Switch up the schedule.
It can be hard for a high schooler to relax their schedule when they need to finish the work
for credits and college prep. However, a good alternative to this is to sit down with your teen
and completely switch around the schedule. If English was first and Math last, flip them. If
Science was after English and History was just before lunch, try mixing it up. Sometimes all
it takes is a new schedule to help keep the burnout from hitting us. It’s more interesting to
learn a new schedule than to do the same things in the same order over and over.
Tour a college!
Sometimes a great way to help avoid that burnout is by planning a college visit with your
teen! Most colleges and universities are open year-round for college/campus tours. Of
course, you’ll want to make certain of this beforehand. Still, this is a great way to revive your
homeschool and look forward to the future with excitement! This would be especially fun if
the college is out of town, so it calls for a day trip! Add in a coffee stop, fast food for lunch,
snacks, and a fun playlist for an extra exciting day.
Plan an unexpected surprise.
While you may not be able to take an entire day to chill or have fun, you could plan
something unexpected during the day! Such as: a Mario Kart race after lunch, a T.V. show
episode during lunch, an ice cream stop after co-op, fresh baked cookies, an “early release”
day, etc. Small things can oftentimes make the biggest differences!
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