Supporting Your Child Through Their Exam Period

A multiple choice exam paper

When it comes to exams, whether it’s a small test in class or GCSE and A Level revision, there’s bound to be a lot of stress on your child’s shoulders. For children this age it’s often crunch time, and can be a lot of unwanted stress to handle if they’re not fully prepared for what’s to come.

That’s why we’ve put together this handy guide, in collaboration with this independent school in Cardiff, some key advice about how you can support your child through these difficult times.

Keep an eye on your child’s daily routine

A child’s routine will change throughout their school years depending on what arises, but you should keep an eye out for any distinct changes in your child’s mood and schedule. This is also a key opportunity to make sure they’re eating at the right times, with a substantial amount of food and eating healthily. This also goes for bedtime - your child should still be heading to sleep at a normal time each night so that they can remain charged for the rest of the week.

Be flexible

Your child might be acting out only because they see a clear struggle in their daily life, with numerous piles of exams to potentially prepare for. Allow some discretion when they’re going through these times so that they don’t feel too much pressure over their studies - we all react to stress in different ways and children can be seriously affected by it. Instead of scolding your child, look for ways in which you can help your child with their revision and allow them time to break down their work.

Provide a great studying space

While we all can’t have a free room to use, we can work on a makeshift set up that’s quiet and allows your child to work without distractions. Offer to help your child with any homework they’ve got on top of any revision they’re doing, or if they have coursework to finish up, get them to guide you through it so you can give your own opinion of what they can improve on. Be open to your child’s needs and work with them on clear solutions to help them succeed in their studies.

Studying is different for every child, but you can always give your child the best possible solutions to help them work through their exams and homework in peace and without stress looming over them. Work with them to find the right solutions and they’ll be more cooperative and motivated to work on their revision plans.

*This is a collaborative post*

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