The exam period can be a nerve-wracking time for children, and for parents. It may seem like a momentous occasion and the culmination of years of hard work, so it’s understandable if your child feels a little overwhelmed. You can help them by providing support and encouragement throughout the revision and exam period, and assisting them with the practical aspects of revising as outlined here by this private school in Cardiff.
Design a realistic revision schedule
Your child might want some help with creating and implementing an achievable revision schedule, one which covers all the necessary material in time for the exams but allows for frequent breaks. Organise a timetable with consistent study periods for each subject they’ll be assessed on; try not to cram too much into one day though – include breaks for relaxing and socialising, and getting some exercise. Work with your child to make sure their revision schedule is realistic and something they can consistently stick to leading up to their exams.
Help them practise
You should be able to find practice exams for your child to look at so they can get a feel for the format and structure, and feel more prepared on the day. It might be an idea to look at any feedback they’ve received from their tutors throughout the year to see where their weaknesses are and focus a bit more on those when you’re helping them revise. You could also create study aids like flashcards and use them to help your child practise.
Make sure they maintain a healthy lifestyle
Encourage your child to get regular exercise, preferably outside. The fresh air will perk them up and exercise will give them an endorphin boost so they feel refreshed and ready to resume studying after the break. Even just a 30 minute walk will revive a tired mind. Make sure your child also maintains a healthy diet without too many sugary or fatty foods which can lead to energy slumps – not exactly conducive to intense study. Sleep is also very important, so encourage them to stick to a set routine for going to bed and waking up in the morning.
Remind them of the bigger picture
Although you both want your child to do well in their exams, keeping a sense of perspective can help them feel less stressed and more optimistic. Remind them that, if they don’t perform as well as they hope, there is always another option and it’s not necessarily a catastrophe – it might just mean changing course slightly.