Exam Stress Solutions

test picIt’s happening in households across the country – children sitting their GCSEs or A Levels are suffering from exam stress. As parents, we suffer too – trying to encourage our children to revise long enough and well enough, testing them on subjects that we have long-forgotten. Somehow these now seem to be ramped up with a bewildering array of new facts and new ways of learning and presenting a topic that we may only dimly remember from our own schooldays. We also have to make sure that our children get enough rest, nourishment, relaxation and encouragement. I was speaking to Tracey Campbell, a homeopath, recently and she explained that many of her exam-age clients are presenting with sleep-related problems. You know yourself that when you are worried about something, sleep can be elusive. This can mean that you can’t get to sleep at all, that you wake up with a start in the middle of the night or that sleep is restless and shallow and you wake up exhausted. Did you know that a homeopath can offer relief from some if not all of these symptoms? Read Tracey’s article here to find out more.

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There’s a lot of pressure on our children these days – My 17 year old is doing his A.S. exams at present, some of my friends have children who are sitting A Levels and some are doing SATs. There’s a lot of pressure on us parents too. Parents can be heard everywhere discussing how their children are doing – and how best to support them. Should you test them, help them plan their revision, buy extra study guides? How many hours should they study for?

Even between exams, as a parent you need to be on your toes to make sure that everything at school is running smoothly. Don’t assume that you can just leave it all to the teachers. It’s very easy (as I’ve discovered on occasion) to take your eye off the ball and not spot that your child is struggling. Especially when you are a single mum, this can seem like such a responsibility but you know your child best and you know what motivates them, how best to encourage them and when they need a gentle shove in the right direction. One thing that helps is to keep asking how things are going, show an interest and offer advice. Keep the dialogue open, make it easy to chat without censoring your child’s feelings. Reassure them – and yourself – that it’s only through mistakes that you learn. It’s vital that your child can trust you to take their concerns seriously – what may seem trivial to you can be major for them. Be fair at all times; if they are in the wrong, make that clear. But if someone needs to fight their corner, step up and be counted!

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