No-one knows your son or daughter better than you. So, with your knowledge of their personality, you’ll know what works and what doesn’t and what can get them through the exam period.
Here are a few suggestions which may be helpful:
Studying is the student’s responsibility:
You can show interest, but it’s important not to overdo it. It’s a difficult time for them and they often feel more nervous and agitated than usual. Try not to let it bother you – it’s normal.
Manage study time:
Working out when to study and when to take a break is something that they should do themselves. We’re all different regarding the time of day at which we’re at our best. Respecting the times they choose to study at is important (whether this is the morning, afternoon or night). If they are out, you call them and then they don’t pick up the phone, don’t be alarmed. They may be studying or resting.
As important to study is to rest:
Having a good rest is just as important as studying and so it’s important to encourage them to step away from the books for a while, to do something relaxing, and to do some sport if they enjoy it.
Encourage them to sleep:
Encourage them to get enough sleep, especially the night before an exam.
Remind them of everything the University has to offer them:
Tutorials with their course lecturers who can clear up questions they may have; the Guidance Service, which can help them to plan their time, to manage any stress or anxiety they may feel before and during the exam period, and also help with any other issues related to their studies. Remember that students can also use the Library (there’s 24-hour opening during exam periods). First-year students can also put any queries and questions to their personal tutor.
Perhaps the most important thing is for them to feel your support. Wish them luck before their exams and tell them that you believe in them. Even such simple things as these can reduce any anxiety and make them perform better. In short, it’s important for them to know that you are there for them and that they can always rely on you.