The pressure is piling on, but parents can help students prepare for the stressful exam period.
With only three weeks until year 12 students finish high school, they are no doubt consumed at this time of year with final exams.
For parents and other family members, it’s important you support your senior student when it comes to study time, so here are some simple ideas to give your child their best chance of success.
Turn off the TV. This should be a household rule for study time, as even if it is on, with the volume down low, it will still be a distraction and will especially draw young children away from what they should be doing.
The radio, on the other hand, can sometimes be useful for students aiming to create a relaxing environment to study, so this will depend on your child.
Restrictions may need to be placed on the family phone and mobiles, to avoid further distractions, and set a strict time limit on how long phone calls should last with school friends.
Make sure your teen has a designated study area with a desk and comfortable chair, cool air, and ample lighting.
Sometimes students work better at the kitchen table where they can call on parents to help at any time, but remember this means that the dining room should be free of distractions such as television or noisy conversations with other family members.
Whether they are at a desk or kitchen table, students need plenty of room to spread out their materials, and also make sure they have ample supplies such as pencils, pens, paper, books such as a dictionary or encyclopedia, and other items relevant to their studies.
It is also worthwhile to use a pinboard to post important school items, calendars, permission slips or reminders.