Parents…. it’s crunch time!
The HSC final exams are upon us, and you’ve done all you can to support your son/daughter throughout the past few weeks. Now, however, you’ve simply got to leave them be to study throughout the exam period.
But what’s the best way to continue showing your support and help them study effectively? (I hear you ask!) Don’t worry, we’ve got some ideas for you:
1. Create a study-friendly environment
Encouraging an effective study routine only works if you are able to help organise a study-friendly space! Help provide conditions that encourage concentration by eliminating noise distractions (that blasted lawn-mower!) and allowing your child to use an uncluttered area. Spaces with good lighting, comfortable seating and limited technology are best.
2. Assist with study planning
Help your son/daughter to plan their study routine. Look at making a study timetable that takes advantage of when they study best – in the morning, afternoon or nighttime. During the exam period, they may have a number of days off, so make sure that their timetable allows for other obligations/social activities.
3. Encourage goal-setting
It’s often difficult for parents to watch their child finish their final exams. Some students may have certain goals they are working toward, but if not, help your son/daughter by encouraging them to revise their goals during the exam period. Use the SMART guidelines of Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-based to create both short-term and long-term goals.
4. Create a food plan
Making sure that your child is eating healthily is the best way to encourage effective study. Stock up the fridge and pantry with healthy, nutritional food such as nuts, whole grains, fruits and vegetables and encourage them to take a wholegrain sandwich to eat an hour before their exam.
5. Be available
Make yourself available should your child need some extra help or support. Knowing that you are there for them will help them feel more comfortable and relaxed during this time. However, beware of over-doing this!!! Many students like to study alone, so make sure you are not pressuring them or distracting them.
Your son/daughter is going to feel stressed during this time, so it’s important to know the balance between being supportive and being distracting. We hope you can use these tips to encourage an effective study routine and we wish you good luck!