Supporting Your Child Through Exam Period

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Exam period is a challenging time for young people. They are under a lot of pressure to perform well so that they can get into the college or university they are hoping to attend. On top of that, they are dealing with the usual challenges of being a teenager; hormones, relationships, family life etc. With that said, parents should do all they can to support their child throughout the examination process, using the following advice from one of the best UK a level colleges.

Be a Shoulder to Cry On

No one wants to listen to someone complaining all of the time, but it’s important to be there for your child if they need to vent and blow off some steam. Be patient with them if they seem a little grumpy and offer your advice where necessary. 

Prepare a Revision Timetable

Help your child put together a schedule for their revision so that they know what to work on and when. There’s no point in them spending equal amounts of time on each subject if they’re already brilliant at one and not so great at another. Include a little extra time for the problem areas and make sure there is also time factored in for leisure time so that your child can relax and wind down.

Encourage Your Child to Exercise

While revision is obviously crucial, it’s also important to encourage your child to take regular breaks so that they can move around and get some physical exercise. Exercise releases endorphins that boost our mood and tackle stress, so make sure your child goes for a walk each day or engages in another kind of physical activity. Perhaps you could suggest they enrol in a sporting club or another extra-curricular activity. 

Avoid Junk Food

During exam period, make sure your child is making healthy lifestyle choices, especially when it comes to their diet. Sugary food and drink lead to a temporary energy high, followed by a crash, so your child won’t be able to concentrate very well if they’re eating a lot of junk. Make sure they are drinking plenty of water so that they don’t become irritable and sluggish. 

Practise Mindfulness

To reduce stress and anxiety, mindfulness is a good option for your child. It’s a meditation process that basically encourages a person to think about the present moment, rather than worrying about what may or may not happen in the future. 

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