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Exam Tips For The Whole Family, by Spar Savour Magazine

Exam time can be stressful for the whole family, not just the students sitting the exams. Let’s look at how you can be there for your kids and keep a clear head yourself.

Create a quiet study nook

This is essential for focus. If your child is trying to study surrounded by distractions such as the television, cooking in the kitchen, and the general hustle and bustle of the house, then chances are they won’t take in what they’re trying to learn. Set aside a spot – whether it’s a temporary office in the spare room of your house or a little nook that can be shielded with a room divider – so that your child has a dedicated area for focus time.

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Keep lines of communication open.

Encourage open and honest communication within the family. This will help to create a supportive environment where your child feels comfortable discussing their concerns and anxiety about exams. This is especially helpful to you as a parent, who can determine whether your child is feeling average amounts of anxiety related to exam stress or whether you need to intervene with some help – such as employing a tutor or getting advice from a guidance counsellor.

Learn Stress reduction techniques.

Many methods can be learnt to help with stress – from yoga to meditation and deep breathing exercises. Some people also find that herbal remedies such as essential oils like lavender, herbal teas like chamomile and herbal drops like Rescue can help. We suggest consulting your doctor first before going ahead with these.

Encourage purposeful breaks.

Studies show that regular, purposeful breaks every 50 to 90 minutes will increase productivity and maintain optimal focus. Breaks can be as short as five minutes and as long as 60 minutes. Some ideas for things to do during study breaks include taking a stroll outside and getting some fresh air, taking a shower (some people say a cold shower does wonders for focus and motivation), taking a power nap to refuel, listening to music, practise deep breathing, cook a healthy meal or make a delicious snack and enjoy it away from the study area, dance around and get your “wiggles out” or go for a run, phone a friend for a good chat and hopefully get some laughs in.

Practice past exam papers.

This tip does depend on your child’s age. Practising past exam papers is an excellent way to test your child’s knowledge and how much they have learned during their studying time. It also prepares them for the kinds of questions they can expect to crop up in their exam – and if they’re lucky, their exam might even repeat one or two of the same questions as the practice tests, as teachers often recycle questions from past papers.

Create a flexible study schedule.

“Flexible” is the key word here: a stringent schedule will overwhelm your child and make them less motivated to stick to it. Create some structure by suggesting times to study and times to take a break, but remember that every child is different and every day is different. Hence, the ability to change and adapt depending on circumstances is essential.

Suggest Limited Screen Time

This is much easier for younger kids than older children, but do what you can to limit social media browsing and television time during the day. They can look forward to screen time when they’ve wrapped up the study day and are winding down for the evening.