School difficulties: how to avoid dropping out?

The year is just beginning, but you are already having trouble getting interested in or understanding the courses. Result: your grades drop, unlike your absences. Who to ask for help? The advice of the Student to find solutions adapted to your difficulties.

You may tell yourself that school is not for you, or that you are not made for school. You sometimes wonder what’s the point of trying… For nearly 100,000 young people each year in France, it gets to the point that they leave school without a diploma or qualification, according to estimates by the AFEV (association of the student foundation for town).

But you don’t have to come to that! There are many ways to deal with learning difficulties. And you’ll need help finding the one that’s right for you.

On the occasion of School Failure Rejection Day, organized on Wednesday 21 September by the Afev, l’Etudiant helps you identify the people you can contact and some solutions they can offer you.

Ask an adult for help

The first thing to do is to find support you can confide in with your problems. It can be an adult in your family, a teacher or another adult in the college whom you trust: CPE, nurse, psychologist or social worker, for example. The idea being that it accompanies you in your efforts to overcome your difficulties.

“When you ask former dropouts where did the click that allowed them to bounce back, a huge majority evoke a bond, an educational relationship with an adult who trusted them“, says Stéphane Goudet, CPE of the Jean Roch Coignet college, in Courson-les-Carrières (89). He is also an academic trainer on dropout issues.

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Identify a solution that suits you

Not all students have the same type of difficulties. It is therefore important to provide an appropriate response. If you have comprehension problems in one or more subjects, the college can offer you help from another student, who would be your tutor. This can be added to homework help in the evening.

In the case of behavioral problems, Stéphane Goudet instead sets up tutoring by a teacher or a member of school life. And he sometimes tries an alternative solution: going for a walk in the countryside to “free speech” of the student in this more informal settingwith parental consent.

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Look for a suitable orientation

Another issue is orientation: what to do after college, when you are already struggling to find your place there? To discover the world of work and what you might like, you can ask for adapted schoolingwith work placements or civic service.

From the age of 16, it is also possible to embark on an apprenticeship, alternating lessons and time in the company.

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What if you’ve already picked up?

If you have already left college without a diploma, it is not necessarily too late to hang up. The local missions are there to help you establish a plan for the future, as are the PSADs (platforms for monitoring and supporting dropouts), or even certain associations.

For example, you could join a back-to-school structure, such as a micro-high school or a New Chance High School. These small alternative establishments have the specific objective of supporting young people in difficulty.

Faced with dropping out of school, one of the main challenges for Stéphane Goudet is to “develop self-confidence, perseverance and learn to go beyond your limits”.

School difficulties: how to avoid dropping out?