Youth Counselling

I don’t want to study there anymore

I am studying in an ICSE school. I feel that the school is not providing me with what I want — the best study material, among other things. Instead, the teachers are very corrupt and demotivating. I don’t want to study there anymore. How can I convince my parents about this?
Sarthak

Dear Sarthak,

Looks like you feel unhappy in your current school — with ‘corrupt’ and ‘demotivating’ teachers and lack of the best study material.

Start by helping yourself while you are still in this school since you can change only in the next academic year. See it as a challenge you need to deal with on your way to life success. Learn the art of both taking and making notes. Learn the art of research: there are also so many ICSE study guides and videos available for reference. Collaborate: Work with your classmates to resolve difficulties or study together as study buddies. These skills will prove helpful in higher education, too.

If there are other students facing the same issues, perhaps your parents can approach the Parent-Teacher Association who can take it up with the school authorities in the right manner.

Simultaneously, list what you want from a school — you have already mentioned ‘best study material’. Then find out which schools that offer the things you want and within the fee budget of your parents. Create a chart/Excel sheet and share it with your parents with reasons and examples of why it would be better to go to one of these schools. Ask them for their views too.

If you and your parents agree, great. If not, you will already have learned a few tools on how to be successful despite adversity!

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Nasreen Hashambhoy is a Counsellor, Life Coach and a Facilitator of training programmes for schools and corporates. Through a combination of coaching, counselling and facilitation techniques based on cognitive science and positive psychology, she helps clients achieve their true potential. She is the author of the series Values In Action published by Better Yourself Books.

Nasreen Hashambhoy

Nasreen Hashambhoy is a Counsellor, Life Coach and a Facilitator of training programmes for schools and corporates. Through a combination of coaching, counselling and facilitation techniques based on cognitive science and positive psychology, she helps clients achieve their true potential. She is the author of the series Values In Action published by Better Yourself Books.