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The Exam Game: A parent’s playbook for helping kids ace exams without burning out

by Antonina Kudrova | April 13, 2023

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As education specialists we understand the importance of academic success for your child’s future. However, the pressure of exams can be overwhelming for your child. We know this very well as we have seen it first hand at Juno.

Top Tips from our Juno Team Mentors to help your Reach Academic Success

Encourage your child to slow down and focus during each exam. Many children underestimate how much time they have and this often leads to careless mistakes. By taking a moment to think and plan, your child can improve their performance.

Advise your child to read the question carefully before writing anything down. Misreading the question is a common mistake and one that can be avoided. Encourage your child to put down their pen and read the question thoroughly before answering.

Make sure your child stays hydrated during exams. Stress can cause a dry mouth, which can ultimately affect concentration. It is recommended to drink water during the exam to alleviate the physiological signs of nerves and stay focused.

Lastly, remind your child not to put too much pressure on themselves. Encourage them to be kind to themselves staying positive throughout the exam period is essential for your child’s success.

Our Key tips for Successful Revision

Start early and plan ahead. Encourage your child to start revising early and create a revision plan to help them manage their time effectively.

Practice past papers. Guide your child to practice past papers to understand the exam format and familiarise themselves with the types of questions they may be asked.

Understand the exam format. Make sure your child understands the exam format, including the number of questions, time allotted, and weighting of each section.

Use active learning techniques. Prompt your child to use active learning techniques, such as summarising, testing themselves, and creating mind maps, to help them retain information better.

Take regular breaks. Remind your child to take regular breaks to stay focused and avoid burnout.

Stay healthy. Ensure your child eats well, gets enough sleep, and exercises regularly to help them perform at their best.

Stay organised. Help your child keep their study materials organised and make sure they have all the resources they need for the exam.

Avoid cramming. Encourage your child to avoid cramming, as it can actually hinder their ability to retain information and perform well on the exam.

Stay calm. Remind your child to stay calm and focused during the exam, and to remember to breathe deeply and take their time.

Review their work. Advise your child to review their work before submitting their exam to make sure they have answered all the questions and checked for any errors.

Andy Cope, a happiness guru and author of The Little Book of Emotional Intelligence, suggests that staying positive as a family throughout the exam period is crucial to supporting children. He advises parents to positive praise their children for their efforts through the revision schedules.

This is Where Juno Comes In

At Juno we support children through the exam period our mentors know how to master the art of exam strategy and optimisation. We offer a complimentary discovery call for you to discuss your situation and school choices in more detail. If you would like to book then Get in Touch with us.