Helping Your Child With Exams

Once your kids are in secondary school, you’ll soon be faced with the reality of exams. Exam periods are stressful for them, and for you. By helping your child remain calm and organised around exam times, whether it be SATS or their final A Levels, you can help them improve their confidence and succeed on the day.



Timetabling is one of the most important exam skills a child can learn, and will have a huge impact on the efficiency with which they revise. Help them create a chart, either on a big piece of paper with marker pens or in a computerised schedule made up online, and then encourage them consistently to stick to it. Make sure all the subjects are covered and that the timetable is specific enough to ensure that nothing will be missed out.


Encourage breaks

When it comes to the timetable, planning in scheduled, regular breaks is extremely important. A teenager’s brain can only focus for so long before distractions creep in, so plan for breaks for things they enjoy at regular intervals. Getting outside for some fresh air can make a big difference, as can short walks and healthy snacks, so try and timetable these to keep revision burnout from kicking in.


Help with revision techniques

Your child may not necessarily be taught specific revision techniques at their school (although hopefully they will) so make sure they’re aware of various strategies that can help them study. Flashcards to help memorise facts or formulas can be a big help, as can flow and mind charts and websites like BBC Bitesize for GCSE revision. They can also utilise past exam papers, available online, for exam practice and essay planning.


Remain calm

Although its bound to be a stressful time, revision periods don’t have to be overwhelming. Help your child relax by encouraging them to engage in stress-releasing activities when things seem to be getting too much. Exercise can help, so encourage them to get outdoors, go for a swim or play a sport they enjoy if they’re feeling overly stressed out. Reassure them that you’ll still love them no matter what the results, and that you have confidence in them even if they believe they’ll fail.

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  1. cassidy

    February 5, 2014 at 4:43 am


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