When Benjamin Franklin said nothing is certain except death and taxes, he missed one other thing - exams!
It's no secret that exam stress can be overwhelming for students and parents alike. There’s a fine line between supporting your child's academic efforts and adding more pressure on them.
According to a 2015 study, most Australian adolescents believe that their parents know little to nothing about their emotional state.
This is a big problem, because the only way to fully support a child is by first recognising and understanding how they feel.
Validating your child's feelings can involve listening to their concerns, asking questions, and offering words of empathy and support. By doing so, you can show your child that their well-being matters and they are more likely to open up.
Once you and your child can recognise the specific emotions they’re experiencing, you can discuss what support they need.
To assist your child during exam season, it's crucial to acknowledge their hard work and show them your support no matter what.
Your child knows their own limits better than anyone else, so work with them to figure out how much they need to study to succeed without getting burned out.
I personally appreciated it when my mum asked me “how can I better support you?” instead of nagging me to get more work done and study harder.
It always felt like she was on my side and I was empowered to do my best.
But if you’re still feeling anxious about their exam preparation, consider helping them set out a realistic study timetable. Check out our free timetable template which takes into account your child's other commitments and responsibilities.
Encourage your child to break down their revision into manageable chunks, with regular breaks to help them stay focused and motivated.
Remember, a healthy balance between work, exercise and leisure is crucial for your child to manage stress and stay motivated during exam season.
By supporting their academic pursuits while also prioritising their mental and physical health, you can help them achieve success and develop important life skills for the future.
Exam season can be a challenging time for students and their families. As a parent or caregiver, it's important to understand your child's emotions, cheer them on, and help them balance their academic pursuits with other important aspects of their life.
At Young Growth Academy, we offer personalised tutoring services to support students through exam season and beyond. Our experienced tutors can provide guidance on exam preparation, time management, and study techniques to help your child succeed.
Don't hesitate to contact us today to learn more about how we can help your child reach their academic goals.