Help your children choose the right subjects

Help your children choose the right subjects

Talking to your kids about subject choices in high school. Here’s what to take into account.

In the next few months, grade 9 learners will have to choose the subjects they want to pursue until the end of high school.

For those who aren’t too sure about what they want to study after high school, this might be a daunting task.

Top Dog Education CEO Claudia Swartzberg said choosing subjects for grade 10 and beyond required thorough introspection, research and asking the right questions.

She offered the following basic guidelines on how to make the best subject choices.

– Speak to an educational psychologist. They’ll be able let you and your child know how to make informed decisions based on what will be expected of them one day and explain what the work world expects.

– Learners should get a sense of what courses are available by speaking to tertiary advisors or researching university or college websites.

– Encourage your child to not choose subjects based on what their peers are choosing but on what could open doors to their future careers instead.

– Choosing the right subjects is equally as important as studying something that makes the learner happy, because this will result in making a career choice that is sustainable and brings joy.

– Tertiary institution admission is based on the learner’s performance. Have your child choose subjects they excel in – it could boost their average immensely.

– Learners shouldn’t choose subjects based on who is teaching them as teachers come and go and might not be teaching your child in grade 11 or 12.

– Since learners’ interests and what they want to study may change over the years it’s important to ensure their choices don’t limit their options in future or close any doors.

Maths specifically is a requirement for many popular courses e.g. commerce, engineering and science degrees and would be a good choice to ensure learners have these opportunities available to them in future.

Other subjects, such as computer science will not only provide learners with real-world skills they can use in the workplace, but will also expose them to other career avenues they may not have considered.

– Learners should stay calm and approach the decision making with a level head.

Learners should start considering their subject choices sooner, rather than later.

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