Helping Your Child Prepare for Exams

School exams can be a stressful time for children. They may feel overwhelmed with their revision or anxious about their exam results.

If you are wondering how you can help your child prepare for their upcoming exams, here is some great advice from a Sixth Form College in South Wales

Practice together

One of the best ways to help your child prepare for exams is by helping them to practice. Replicating exam settings at home is a great technique for building up your child’s confidence before the big day. Ask your child questions that they might find in their exams, or use these questions in a written practice test. Make a note of any questions that your child found difficult and focus on those areas in your next revision session.

Make a study area

Create a quiet study space for your child at home. You could also encourage them to make a study schedule to display in their new workspace. This will help to make their revision more manageable and will also improve your child’s organisation skills. If your child needs a push to get started, you could offer them an incentive. For example, an hour of revision will allow them to play one of their favourite computer games after.

Make revision fun

To help to expand your child’s knowledge on a particular subject, you could plan an educational day trip. This could include a trip to a museum, art gallery or landmark. Learning outside of school offers a number of educational benefits and helps to make revision a lot more fun. For example, it is one thing to read about a historic event in a text book, but to actually visit the place where it happened is unforgettable.

Show your support

Finally, remember to teach your child that although exams are important, they do not define them. No matter what results they get, trying their best is all that matters. Putting too much pressure on your child to achieve certain results can have a negative effect on their academic performance and cause anxiety.

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