Parents add to students' study woes
Published 23/05/2011 | 05:00
Helplines for children report that many young students feel that the greatest pressure at exam time comes from their families.
So it is important that adults keep things in perspective and don't add to the tension.
Watch out for exam stress. Children who experience stress may be irritable, not sleep well, lose interest in food, worry a lot and appear depressed or negative. Headaches and stomach pains can also be stress-related.
Having someone to talk to about their work can help put things into perspective.
A balanced diet is vital for your child's health, and can help them to feel well during exam periods.
Some parents find that high-fat, high-sugar and high-caffeine foods and drinks (such as cola, sweets, burgers and chips) make their children hyperactive, irritable and moody.
Encourage sleep -- good sleep will improve concentration. Most teenagers need between eight and 10 hours' sleep a night. Allow half-an-hour or so for kids to wind down before bed.
Be flexible. When your child is revising all day, don't worry about chores or untidy bedrooms. Remember, exams don't last forever.
Help them to study and revise by making sure they have somewhere comfortable to work and a revision schedule.
Discuss nerves -- remind your child that feeling nervous is normal. Remind them of how much work they have done to help them feel confident.
Encourage exercise and make sure your kids stay active. Exercise can help boost energy levels, clear the mind and relieve stress.
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