The exam season can be a stressful time for both young people and their parents. It’s common for young people to be irritable and maybe have trouble sleeping and eating during this time.
It’s normal for parents to be anxious about how much their son or daughter is working and whether they’ll get the results they need.
Parents can, however, play a key role in helping their son/daughter cope with exam stress.
Support at school/college
If anxiety or panic continues it’s important they talk to someone about it. Schools often have cousellors available, though you’ll need to check whether this is the case in your son/daughter’s school.
Most colleges have health centres which are available for students free of charge or at reduced rates. Services usually include a GP, a counsellor, sexual health services and health promotion services.
Studying comes more naturally to some people than others, but it’s a discipline we nearly always have to keep working at.
As parents, it’s important to be as encouraging and patient as possible with young people who are working towards exams.
Adjusting to a more self-disciplined approach to college work can be tricky and can take time to get used to. If your son or daughter ever seems overwhelmed, let them know they can talk to their lecturers about it.
Most colleges offer support through the library or students’ union in relation to studying, preparing for exams, or peer mentoring etc.
Tips for supporting your son/daughter
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