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School, it's getting so difficult

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Why is school getting so hard


Hi there, and welcome to Ask Alex!
It’s completely normal to feel like school is getting harder, especially during the teenage years. Adolescence is a time of significant change and academic challenges can be a part of that journey. It’s important to remember that you’re not alone in feeling this way, and it’s okay to have these emotions.
First, let’s clarify why school might seem harder. At 14, you’re entering a stage where academic expectations often increase. You may encounter more complex subjects, heavier workloads, and a need for better time management. These changes can be overwhelming, but they are designed to help you grow and prepare for your future.
It’s crucial to validate your feelings. It’s okay to feel stressed or anxious about school. Many students go through this, and it’s a sign that you care about your education. It’s also important to remember that you have support available. Talking to a trusted adult, like a parent, teacher, or school counsellor, can be incredibly helpful. They can provide guidance, offer study tips, and even connect you with additional resources.
Another option for support is your peers, who might be going through similar challenges. Studying together and discussing difficult topics can make school feel more manageable. There are some articles on the Childline website which you may find helpful
Lastly, if you ever feel like you can’t talk to someone you know just yet, remember that there are helplines like Childline available to you 24/7. You can contact us at 1800 66 66 66 or through Live Chat at The service is non-judgmental and confidential, so you can always reach out when you need someone to talk to. You are never alone; we are here to support you and explore your options with you.
Take care and remember, you’ve got this! 

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