Exam periods can be stressful for both children and their parents, but with a little help your child can sail through exam time stress-free
The mere mention of exams can strike fear and stress into the hearts of children, their parents and carers. Parents get anxious about how much work their children are doing, whether they are taking care of themselves and whether they will get the results they want or need. Children are often stressed, anxious and irritable, and can have difficulties eating and sleeping. Furthermore, according to a poll run by young people's mental health and wellbeing charity YoungMinds, around a third of pupils say they have no-one to talk to at school when things get tough.
Exam support: advice for parents
If you are worried about your child's stress levels around school work or exams, the first thing to do is talk to them. They may not want to admit it at first and may be scared they will be told off. It's really important to reassure your child they have your support and you want to help them do their best, even if it seems like it's too late.
It is also important to talk to their teacher about your concerns.
Their teacher should be able to tell you how your child is behaving at school and if there are any areas they need specific help with.
They can help your child draw up a timetable of their work and when it needs to be done by. The school may have specialised staff, such as learning mentors, who can support your child.
To help your child with their homework and school work, it is important to find out what they are studying each term, what homework they have and when it needs to be handed in. Your child's class or form teacher should provide you with this information, if not, make sure you ask for it. Many secondary school children use a virtual learning environment (website) set up by the school, where they can log in and receive information, do research and complete their work online.
Exam support: stress-busting tips
More information for parents on dealing with exam stress
The YoungMinds Parents' Helpline offers free confidential support, including information and advice, to any adult worried about the emotional problems, behaviour or mental health of a child or young person up to the age of 25.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call free Monday to Friday 9.30am-4pm on 0808 802 5544.