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What can I do as a parent to help my children with their exams?

We all want our children to perform well at school. If only we could take their exams for them. But once they're in that examination hall, they’re on their own and there’s nothing you can do to help

However, what you can do is help them prepare properly and ensure that they’re in a position to apply themselves fully. There are many ways you can help with your child’s revision, and here are seven of the most effective:

Help develop a timetable
It can be helpful to sit down with your child and develop a revision timetable. This allows her to plan her time properly and lets you know when she needs peace and quiet to study. However, never force your child to do this. If she wants to plan her time on her own, let her. Organising things herself is a sign of maturity and should be welcomed.

Keep the pressure off
You should only remind your children of the importance of exams if they seem to be taking them too lightly. And in no circumstances should you deliberately apply pressure to your child. Most children do taken examinations very seriously and as a result will be feeling intense pressure anyway. The last thing they need is for there parents to pile even more on them. This is a sure way to make your child underperform.

Keep their energy levels up
Revising for exams can be an energy sapping time for children. Always try give your kids the food they need to keep their energy levels high.

Give them quiet
Children can be distracted very easily, particularly if they’re doing something as boring as revision. The least you can do is try to ensure a peaceful environment for them to study in.

Don't let them stay up too late
The brain needs sufficient sleep in order to work properly. Children who stay up into the wee small hours studying for an exam will be doing more harm than good. Make sure you child gets at least eight hours of sleep a night.

Offer to help but don't interfere
As a parent you should always offer to help your child with revision. It often beneficial for children to be tested on the information they’re trying to learn. However, it’s vitally important that you don’t interfere. Don’t try to impose on them your revision style or techniques because it’s not you who’s taking the exam. There's a fine line between advice and interference.

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