Exams have started and the pressure is rising. The next two weeks will see Chloe taking 8 A Level exams. The syllabuses are new and no one knows quite what to expect now that we have moved back to terminal exams and that there are no AS Levels which helped gauge where you were performing at or not. The revision has been steady and we cannot have asked any more of her but…. now exam day is here reality kicks in.
As a parent who also has 12 years teaching experience teaching 16-18 year olds I wanted to share some practical tips on how you can support your teen on exam day and at this challenging time.
- Be present for them. This sounds trite but being there is the most important thing. I have cut back on my own social life to be there for Chloe. For the next two weeks, I am putting her first and have turned down work opportunities that required me to be in London. I think it is important to be at home ready to do whatever she needs after an exam.
- Spoil them. Chloe was at home revising we all went out for a few hours in half term. So on my return, I bought her a Costa just to give her a little treat. It shows that we are thinking of her. Little things make a difference.
- Sleep well. I have written about how important sleep is many times, and the Happy Beds recent campaign, Brits are a Bunch of Snoozers actually shows how important sleep is for our teenagers.
- Support their revision. Test them using their revision cards, ask them to explain things to you. If your teen can teach you something then they really understand it.
- Motivate them. Chloe has a girls holiday ready and waiting for after exams. It will be a time to let her hair down with her friends. We also pay her for her results! At GCSE she got awarded £50 for an A* a and the rate lowered. We have a similar approach ready for A Levels so she has been motivated to do her very best.
- Don’t ask too much of them. I rely on Chloe quite a bit asking her to babysit, to run errands etc but that is all on hold this month.
- Yummy food. Home cooked nutritious food feeds the soul as well as the brain. If you eat well you will feel well.
- Finally, encourage some time out. If they play sport encourage them still to go. They need to burn off some of their energy. Chloe also took some time out to go for dinner with friends and this helps keep them happy and relaxed to.
I hope these tips on how you can support your children during exam day and exam season help make this a bearable time for all. Good luck come results day!