Remember, your child is the one writing the exams – not you!

Exams are not only a worrying and stressful time for the children being tested, but for their parents as well.

Many parents feel that it is their duty to sit with their children while they study to make sure that the work gets done, and that timetables are stuck to. However, due to this increasing trend it is not only the children who suffer from stress, but their parents as well.

“With the increasing work demand on children, stress levels are increasing, and parents are stepping in to try and curb this,” says Mokete Sekhesa brand manager for Turbovite®. “This is a stressful time for all, and sometimes correct study methods are all that’s necessary to keep the pot from boiling over.”

To get the ball rolling on a successful and less stressful exam study time, Sekhesa suggests the following changes students can make:

  • Plan in advance. Making study notes from the work completed during the day can help take the pressure off when it comes to exam time.
  • Make sure you understand it the first time. This is not the time to figure out your work. Your teacher is there during class time for you to understand what is being taught; if you don’t know, ask.
  • Don’t leave it too late. You know the exams are coming up – get a head start. Draw up a realistic exam study time-table to work towards. If you start cramming everything in the week before, you will start to panic and become even more stressed.
  • You are the one writing the exams – not your parents. They are meant to be there as a guide and support system, not as your study buddy. Just because your mom knows all about figures of speech, doesn’t mean you do.
  • Give yourself a break. You are not expected to study 24/7. Getting out and enjoying the fresh air, or making a snack can make all the difference. Your brain needs a break as well – rest is important. And, remember to keep hydrated!
  • Find a way to focus. For when you are struggling to focus on the work at hand, and when you feel that you need a little boost, use a supplement such as Turbovite® Focus for increased mental concentration, memory support and physical energy.

And for the parents, Sekhesa offers the following advice:

  • Breathe. You have finished school, now let your child do it as well. You are not the one being tested, they are. So give them the space to learn their work themselves, be a guide and helping hand when they need you.

READ MORE: 5 Ways to help your child cope with school stress

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