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With exam season upon us shortly, teenagers everywhere will be feeling the pressure. Many high school students see their exams as a turning point, and scarily just one grade could change their future prospects. In the run up to and during exam season your family home is sure to be a hive of activity and also of mixed emotions, take a look at the following tips and support your son or daughter through this challenging and stressful time.
Don’t Add Pressure
As a parent, you want to see your child succeed, especially when it comes to getting a good education but it is important not to pressurise them into gaining certain grades. Failure is one word that should not be in your vocabulary during the months before, after or during exam season. Even if you do have expectations for your child based on the grades they have gained at school in the past, it is important that you support them in raising the bar for themselves, not raising it for them.
Help Manage Their Revision Schedule
Consistent revision periods, even in the midst of exam season, are the key to your teenager being fully prepared. If they are busy cramming in Physics revision for that tricky science paper, help them manage their revision schedule with regular breaks. These breaks can be utilised relaxing or completing brain boosting activities like eating super food snacks or exercising to improve concentration.
Don’t try and get too involved in their revision, whilst they may ask for your help, it’s important to leave them to it as much as possible. Help your teenager to find a quiet place in the family home and give them the time and space to take on these tasks independently. If you are a parent that likes your children to be involved in chores and other duties, cut them some slack during this period so they have the time and energy to take on revision sessions with gusto.
Let them decide the time they’d like to revise too, if your teenager is a ‘night owl’ and prefers to complete their revision during the evening, let them. Successful revision is all about helping your child find the revision pattern that works for them. However, make sure they’re not revising into the early hours; the brain tends to extrapolate information better after a good night’s sleep.
Remaining positive and open is the golden rule of supporting your child when they are facing the stress of exams. Not only will your son or daughter be more inclined to approach you to discuss exam worries, you will also create a positive and supportive environment that really puts things into perspective for a child facing an important stage in their lives. Replace stress with support and set the wheels in motion for a successful future for your child in the next stage of their education.
Brittany Moodie is from the ground-breaking educational resource, Getting-In. For more tips on how to help your child combat exam stress, plus a wealth of revision guides for both GSCE and A-Level exams, please visit their website – http://www.getting-in.com/.
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