Supporting your son or daughter on the road to exam success

Sixteen year old Adele Tumilty completed her work experience with Activate Learning. In this guest post, Adele gives us her views on how parents can support young people during the exam season.

If your son or daughter is sitting an exam any time soon, they may be feeling nervous, stressed or even angry. These emotions, although difficult to deal with, are understandable.

If they have used their time well to prepare, they are likely to get good grades. But what can you do to support them?

You probably know that as a parent or carer you have a key role in your child’s success – helping keep things in perspective, remaining positive and encouraging good study, nutrition and exercise habits.

Parents or carers want to help but sometimes it can be tricky to support young people during the exam period. With that in mind, here’s a handy list of practical tips, prepared for parents by parents:

  • Give your son or daughter access to a quiet space where they can work by themselves
  • Encourage them to start revising early to ensure they have enough time. You could offer to work with them to test their knowledge in an informal way
  • Help your son or daughter to understand the importance of hard work and revision, but also help them keep the importance of results in perspective
  • Promote sport and exercise as a healthy habit to relieve stress. For example, going for a brisk walk or playing football with some friends can help boost your son or daughter’s wellbeing
  • Let them know that you are there for them to talk to, but don’t pressure them into it.
  • Help young people explore the different options available to them. You could offer to accompany them to an Open Event or Taster Event at our colleges, or encourage them to have a chat with our impartial Careers Advice team. Learn more about their chosen career so you can help them with the choices ahead. You could also talk to them about friends or family who have develop a fulfilling career with a range of different qualifications and grades

Exams season can be a tough time, but if your son or daughter remains focused and perseveres with their learning, and with your added support, their chances of success will be greater than anticipated.