At this time of year it’s easy to be focused on the festive season and put exam pressure out of your mind, but exams in many schools will start in January – and it’s not far away. Getting into positive habits can never start too soon for children to do well in exams, whether they’re internal or external. How can you help your kids to develop a success strategy?
1: Know your child.Do they take exams in their stride or are they a bundle of anxiety and don’t perform at their best? If you know where the problem areas lie, it will be easier to find ways to improve the situation. Do they find it easier to learn by reading or by doing test papers or by discussing what they know or writing notes? You may have to be creative to give them the learning support they need.
2: Have a family discussionThis is not about making a big deal out of it, you can do this over dinner one evening. As long as both parents (if appropriate) are clued in about how they can help.
- Ask your kids what their concerns are about exams.
- Find out if there are things you could do to help them.
- Discuss study schedules and what is realistic.
- Find out if there are subjects they need more help with, but don’t let them miss out on those they feel confident in