How to support your child through exams

5 practical tips

number 1
Acknowledge your child’s stress and help them to understand it
It is vital that as a parent you are the first to recognize when your child is stressed. Often individuals who are facing exam stress will perceive it as normal and not work towards managing it. It is your job as a parent to help your child understand that while a certain level of stress is normal for exams, too much stress is not normal or healthy.

You can help your child by discussing ways that they could reduce their stress before and after exams. Some examples would be setting up a consistent exam schedule leading up to the exam, meditation, and mindfulness, and ensuring they are eating and sleeping well.

It is also important to remind them of life apart from exams and that whilst exams are very important, they should not completely ignore the social aspects of their lives as that can help take the pressure off.

It is also important to remind them of life apart from exams and that whilst exams are very important, they should not completely ignore the social aspects of their lives as that can help take the pressure off.
NUMBER 2
Set up a good, neat study area
When your child is studying at home, it is important they have a neat and tidy place to study. Investing in a good desk and chair can make a huge difference in how your child will study. If they have a designated place to study they will be more motivated and hence more likely to study. It should be an area that is quiet, organized, and has minimal distractions.
NUMBER 3
Help them schedule and build goals
Creating a study schedule with your child will help them become more organized as it will include times to study, breaks and times to relax. This will ensure that your child balances exams and their social life so they can study and be able to take the pressure off. Helping them schedule will also stop them from becoming overwhelmed as exams come closer, they will know exactly what to do and when to do it.

Another important thing is to set up goals so that your child has clarity in what they want to achieve. This can be incorporated into their study plan as they can break up big goals into small achievable chunks allowing them to have a higher chance of achieving them.
Ensure your child has clarity on what they want to achieve
number 4
Make sure your child is looking after themselves
Whilst your child is stressed and studying, they might be so preoccupied that they forget to eat or drink water. It is important that as a parent you are looking out for your child’s diet, sleep pattern and exercise routine as these are all things that will majorly impact your child’s exam performance. Making sure that your child exercises every day or eats a good nutritious meal gives them reassurance but also helps to relieve how stressed and overwhelmed they are.

It is also important to look after your child’s emotional and mental health and ensure that you are always available to listen to them as they express their stresses. If need be, ensure that they have access to a school counselor or psychologist as they are trained professionals who can help your child more extensively.

NUMBER 5
Ensure that your child has access to different resources and that they feel supported

As a parent, you can only do so much and that is why it may be helpful to sit with your child and determine whether or not they need a tutor. Tutors are not only helpful academically but will also work with your child to maximize their study skills. Most parents are no longer practiced in different subjects and therefore can no longer provide the level of help that your child needs hence why it may be helpful to enlist a tutor to help your child. Ultimately, tutors are great support systems that will help your child excel in exams hence helping them manage stress.
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