Striking the right balance this exam season
Rachel Dodge our Psychology Subject Officer with a
How do I encourage revision?
Your child needs the right mental attitude to be successful at revision. Some things to remember are:
- They will need to believe that revision will make a difference (it will).
- They will need encouragement to keep going even if it seems hard.
- Encourage short bursts, rather than lengthy revision periods or 'cramming'.
- They will need to know they are not alone in this task and can get help from their teachers, friends
andsupport from you.
How do I support my child in the best way?
If your child asks for your support, encourage them by helping them to see the difficulties in perspective. Teenagers often take an all or nothing ‘catastrophic’ approach to difficulties – “I’ve messed up this mock, I might as well give up.” Try to balance out these negative thoughts with encouraging comments. Remind that this is only a short period of time, and they will have periods to relax in the summer.
How do I know my child is under stress?
Stress is a natural human response which has evolved as a survival mechanism. This is often referred to as the 'flight or fight' response. However, stress signs vary from person to person. You might find that your child is behaving differently from usual. Signs could include lack of concentration, avoiding people, being more sensitive, changes in eating habits, changes in sleep patterns. Get to know your child's stress signs and try to take action when they appear.
How to balance revision and a teenager's social life?
What about the tricky issue of phones and tablets?
Rather than banning the use of tablets and
Should I make changes to their home life?
During this stressful time try to make home life as calm and pleasant as possible. It helps if other members of the household are aware that your child may be under pressure and that allowances should be made for this.
How much should I know about the exams?
You don’t have to be an expert in any of the subjects your child chooses to make a real difference. You just need to know how best to spend the time you do have to support your child. If you do want to understand a bit more about what they are studying you can visit the
Before each exam make sure you know what day the exam is on, what time it starts, how long the exam is and what is being tested in each exam. Try to ensure that your child gets enough sleep, especially the night before exams. Eating sensibly is vital, especially breakfast on exam days. Making sure your child has all the right equipment will take some stress away e.g. pens and sharp pencils, eraser, a ruler, a protractor, a calculator and a watch.