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Finals in high school are can be incredibly stressful for your teenager – not only can they majorly affect your child’s grade, but they could play a role in your daughter or son’s college acceptance.
While there are plenty of study tips and tricks for students online (creating acronyms is a good one) there aren’t many tips being given to parents during this pressing time. Getting good grades is a great motivation for your child, but they also need your encouragement, so if you’re a parent to a stressed out teenager, here are five tips for you to aid your child and keep them healthy during this nerve-racking time.
1) Location, Location, Location
Besides being a very clichéd real estate term, this is also a fundamental thing to remember when preparing to study. Help your child choose the right place to settle down and get to work. Avoid areas of the house with the most traffic and don’t even let them think about plonking down in front of the TV.
2) Making Nutritional Choices
I recall when I was a student; my favourite study breaks always seemed to involve a trip to the kitchen, where I’d usually stare blankly into the fridge and subsequently select the easiest to eat (and usually most junk- like) food we had.
Snacking is a staple part of studying, just be sure your child is munching on the right snacks. Avoid the pop tarts, the chocolate bars, and the ice cream and instead fill your kitchen with nuts, fruit, vegetables and some dip. Also, be sure they’re drinking plenty of water.
3) Planning for Success
Sit down with your child and figure out how much time they need to dedicate to studying, and which subjects they need to allocate more time for. Some questions to ask your kids: which exam is up first? Which exam do they expect to do well on, and which needs more attention and focus? Set up a schedule that includes breaks and early bed times – sleep is another fundamental key to success.
4) Work Your Body and Your Mind
Use study breaks to get their body moving. Instead of giving them 10 or 15 minutes on Facebook, ask them to go for a walk with you. A brisk walk will re-energize their minds and fresh air is always helpful. Getting good grades is a great motivation in education for your child but they need breaks too!
5) Learning the Material
If your children study best on their own, then by all means let them be, but most teens can greatly benefit from you getting involved in their studying. If they have notes or flashcards use those to quiz them on the subject matter. If not, try having them teach you the subject, especially the parts they’re shaky on. A teacher once told me; you don’t really understand something when you think you do, you only truly understand something when you can teach it to someone else.
Don’t hesitate to ask your child if they need help beyond what you can offer and if they do, consider contacting their teacher and ask if they could suggest a fellow student or tutor that could help your child out.
Are there any tips you’ve learned from personal experience for helping your child through exam season?
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The mom of a beautiful baby boy, Louise Blake enjoys spending her free time writing blog posts about parenting for companies such as Carrot Rewards.