Helping Your Child Manage Stress During Exam Period

School is getting harder and harder for kids and the amount of stress that they’re under is getting out of control. Recently, there has been a lot of debate about whether we’re putting too much on them, particularly when it comes to exams. Kids are doing exams at a younger age than ever before and they’re being pressured by teachers to get good grades because the teachers are under scrutiny themselves. This means that a lot of kids are letting the stress get on top of them when exam period rolls around. If you want to make sure that your child is happy and healthy, you need to follow these steps to help them manage that stress.

Reassure Them

One of the major reasons that kids worry so much is because the school system tells them that their entire future rests on these exams. Obviously, it’s important that you try to get good results at school because it does open up opportunities but it isn’t the be all and end all. When schools are telling kids that this is their one and only chance and if they mess up, they’ll never get anywhere in life, it puts too much pressure on them, especially if they’re struggling. The truth is, there are plenty of successful people in the world that didn’t do well at school and you need to explain this to your kids. Be careful that you don’t tell them that they don’t need to try because they do, but let them know that if things do go wrong it isn’t the end of the world and they’ll be ok.

Get Some Extra Help

The workload in schools is a lot higher than it used to be and even the teachers are struggling to keep up, often putting on sessions during lunchtimes and after school just so they can cover everything. Imagine how this makes your child feel, they’re the ones that have to learn all of this stuff. Any extra help you can give them will really take the pressure off. You can try helping them yourself but if you don’t know the material, there isn’t much you can do. It’s better to use qualified and experienced home tutoring. That way, you can be sure that they’re getting the right help and they aren’t making any mistakes that you might have missed. Having a tutor to help them with their work will make things a lot more manageable for them and reduce their stress levels.

Create A Good Learning Environment

It can be hard to concentrate if they’ve got younger siblings running around or the TV is turned on loud. You need to create a learning environment for them where they can get some peace and quiet while they study. It’s best to make this separate from their bedroom, otherwise, they’ll spend all of their time in one room and they won’t have anywhere to escape from work and relax for a while.

Exam stress is a big problem at the moment and until the school system makes changes, it’s up to you to help your child deal with it.

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Shona Mackin is a mum to a little boy and massive Bernese Mountain Dog fur baby. In her previous (and current) life, she is the owner of social media agency socialface. As a serial entrepreneur, she aimed to design her businesses to do what she wanted, when she wanted… at least thats what she thought, until she found out her babies had a better plan. Thankfully her former former life as a dancer gave her oodles of flexibility and determination to roll with whatever each new day throws her way… sometimes… other days coffee helps in the morning and wine in the evening or a time out in a hot shower to block out the noise.
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