Supporting your Child Through Exams

Thursday 12 May 2016

It is exam season!

To view the Walworth Academy Exam Timestable and get information on the exams your child is taking, click here -->FINAL Exam Timetable Summer 2016 - 22.4.16.pdf.

Here are some handy tips to help your child through this period.


Assisting with Revision

You can help your child to create a clear revision plan and method of studying that will make them feel in control of their work. As it is well known, if you fail to plan then you are planning to fail.

Tips for revision planning:

  • Work out a revision timetable for each subject
  • Break revision time into small chunks - hour-long sessions with short breaks at the end of each session often work well
  • Make sure your child has all the essential books and materials
  • Condense notes onto postcards to act as revision prompts
  • Buy new stationery, highlighters and pens to make revision more interesting
  • Go through school notes with your child or listen while they revise a topic
  • Time your child's attempts at practice papers




Learning styles

Do you remember best by what you see, or hear, or discover by doing? That's your learning style coming into play. Everyone learns better if they know their learning style. Some of us learn visually - that's by reading and taking notes - whereas auditory learners enjoy listening and repeating aloud, and kinesthetic learners prefer a hands-on style.

• If your child is a visual learner, they will be helped by making notes, reducing these to headings and sub-headings, and re-writing what they can remember. So buy lots of file paper, post-its and blank post cards.

• If your child is an auditory learner they learn by listening and talking. You can help by asking them questions and talking about the topics.

• If your child is a hands-on person they learn by doing or making something. This can be harder to practice but any activity that is not simply reading or listening will help. One example would be doing a simple science experiment, rather than just reading about it.




Providing all-round support

  • The best way to support your child during the stress of revision and exams is to make home life as calm and pleasant as possible. It helps if other members of the household are aware that your child may be under pressure and that allowances should be made for this.
  • If your child is given study leave in the run-up to exams, try to be at home as much as possible so that you can share a break and a chat together.
  • Make sure there are plenty of healthy snacks in the fridge and try to provide good, nutritious food at regular intervals. Encourage your child to join family meals, even if it's a busy revision day - it's important to have a change of scene and get away from the books and computer for a while. Also encourage your child to take regular exercise. A brisk walk around the block can help clear the mind before the next revision session.
  • Try not to nag or make too many demands on your child during exam time. Arguments are counter-productive and will only add unnecessary stress and distract from revision.
  • It's important to get a good night's sleep before an exam, so discourage your child from staying up late to cram. And make sure he or she eats a good breakfast on the morning of the exam.




Healthy sleeping and eating habits

  • Encourage your child to stick to a routine of going to bed at a reasonable time. They need to avoid late night TV shows or movies.
  • Motivate them to eat regularly and make time to have fun and exercise.
  • Remind them to take time out when they eat, rather than carrying on with study.
  • Encourage them to eat fresh fruit, veggies, cereals, grains, nuts and protein - they are all good for the brain and blood sugar levels.
  • Encourage them to eat when they get hungry. This keeps blood sugar and hydration levels steady.
  • Avoid junk food if possible. It will bring a sudden sugar high which will fall away quickly, leaving a person feeling tired.




Preparing for an exam

Get them ready for an exam with plenty of planning and support.  Encourage them to get all their pens, pencils and equipment ready the evening before. Try to get them to go to bed early so they are able to have a restful sleep. In the morning, arrange for them to have a healthy and nutritious breakfast to help them focus and concentrate. Go through a checklist to make sure they have everything they need.  Give your child lots of encouragement so they feel more positive before they leave.  Let them know how proud you are of them regardless of how they think they do.




Please remember if you have any concerns about your child pertaining to exams, feel free to contact your child’s Director of Progress.