Parents who have children studying and taking their GCSE’s and A Levels will be fully aware of the pressures that their children face, not only to pass their exams, but gain high marks. This pressure also falls to parents who want to ensure that their children succeeded. So what lengths are parents willing to go to achieve this?
An online voucher company My Voucher Codes surveyed parents who had children studying for their exams to ask them, whether they themselves are helping their children study and prepare or what other things they are doing. They found 90% were actively involved in helping their children study, whilst 55% admitted to employing a tutor or were planning on to give their children a boost. Reasoning behind this was either because parents wanted to help improve grades after mock exams, help with specific topics or ensure their children actually revised for their exams. You can read more of this study here.
If your children are currently taking exams we have a few hints and tips to help you and them through the process.
Plan & Prep
When starting out its helpful to create a plan for revision, looking at the exam timetable, allocate time for specific subjects, in the order exams come in. Also before you start ensure your child has all the tools, books and research they need to revise.
When it comes to successful revision, positive encouragement is the best approach, the old carrot or stick approach. Keep away from punishment, instead of saying, if you don’t revise you’ll not be able to do this or that, reward revision such as saying you can go here if you revise or have your favourite tea.
As above simply rewarding your child for doing their revision is one thing, but getting through the exams themselves can be stressful. Look to making sure you have good rewards for completing their exams and when results come in. It can feel like such an anti-climax after months of revision for it to all be over. Reward doesn’t have to be anything extravagant, maybe a small gift, a meal out or just support of here your turn to choose what we watch on TV now.
We have covered rewarding once exams have been passed, but what happens if your child has not got the grade they wanted or needed. This is where you need to support your child, instead of focusing on the negative, analyse why they think they went wrong, ask for exam paper feedback and together devise a plan of action, whether its retaking it or having a new plan. Don’t make them feel like any more of a failure, it isn’t the end of the world there are other options.