Causes of Senioritis in High School Seniors

There are lots of reasons why teens lose their motivation during their senior year.
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To parents and teachers, senioritis is a true disability for high school students. It can cripple a teen's ability to learn and may have some terrible consequences

Understanding the potential causes of senioritis can help you prevent problems before they start. Here are the main reasons why some teens lose their motivation during their senior year of high school:

  • Boredom. High school seniors aren't often challenged during the second half of their senior school year. For some, the workload dwindles. Others, take as few classes--or the easiest classes--possible. As a result, they aren't engaged in the learning process.
  • Parental apathy. Often parents don’t mean to be apathetic, but sometimes, the sigh of relief that accompanies a teen's last year of school can lead to disinterest. Less time is spent asking about homework or checking in about projects. And teens often assume that means homework and grades aren't so important anymore.  
  • Fear of change. Graduating high school is a double-edged sword for many teens. They are looking forward to growing up and moving on but they will miss the familiarity of high school and the security of living at home. Their fears about the upcoming changing can prevent them from moving forward with vigor.
  • Burnout. Senior high school students are busy people. They have a full course load and are charged with cementing their plans for their future. The busy life of tests, sports, friends, extra-curricular activities and part-time jobs is further crammed with college or technical school visits and applications, scholarship searches, senior projects and job or career searches. Without careful planning and attention paid to a teen’s stress levels, burnout is to be expected.
  • Excitement for graduation can be one of the causes of senioritis. Usually when this is the cause it is short lived and shows up the last week of school, when the finish line is right there and your teen can see it. Fortunately, most high schools have caught on to this cause and plan accordingly by graduating seniors a week before the end of school.

    Edited by Amy Morin.

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