Newstead Wood School

Newstead Wood School

Exam Tips for Parents

How can I make a difference?

Preparing for GCSEs can be a challenging time for the entire family. Children are put under a substantial amount of pressure to succeed and you as parents try everything you can to help your child do just that. However, there are many parents who are unsure of how to proceed. The great news is that you don’t need to be an expert to become involved. There are a variety of ways you can help to prepare your child for their GCSE exams. You can play a huge part in motivating them just by offering constant support, encouragement and interest.

  • Help your child to make a realistic timetable.
  • Agree on rules for homework and revision.
  • Attendance – Research suggests that 17 days missed from school (approximately one half day each week), equates to a GCSE grade.
  • Provide a quiet space with all the necessary tools required to revise.
  • Recognise fear – some teenagers may struggle to articulate their problems and resolve them, this could lead to angry outbursts, slamming doors and sullen silences. Understand all these as calls for help.
  • Avoid aggravating fear.
  • Stay resolutely positive and tell them they’re ok.

You don’t have to be a parent to make the difference – carer, older sibling or grandparent – it won’t make any difference to the effect you can have.

Useful guides for students and parents/guardians about handling exam anxiety.