Helping your child cope with SATS stress

Many young children are taking part in their SATs exams starting this week. This can be an extremely stressful time for a child and although as parents you may not worry too much them, for the child it can be overwhelming. As a parent there are some signs of stress that you can look out for and ways in which you can help your child cope. Never brush it off, y telling your child not to be stupid or that they are overacting, as to them it may be something that is deeply concerning and something they cannot help worrying about.

For many of the children, it will be the first time they have experienced tests under exam conditions and SATs in particular have been deemed controversial for their difficulty and the level of stress they have caused pupils.

Helping to ensure that your child eats well, is sleeping well and staying active should help them manage their anxiety. You can also help devise a study plan with them, making sure that they also have time to switch off and play. Always reiterate to your child that exams can be important and will occur throughout their education but their well being is far more important.

 

Allowing yourself time to study

When starting to work on any new project you should always take time to learn. Often people learn new skills by reading books but for some people they learn better by actually taking part practically in something.

Video tutorials are a great way to see how to do something, often being able to have a visual aid makes it easier to learn that reading about it in a book or on a website.

Learning a new language is a skill that many of us do over our life time. It usually starts at school where you are often taught the basics of French, German or Spanish and for some people this is then a basis for them to build upon to allow them to be fluent in that language. A good way to learn a new language is to listen to the language been spoken. This may be in person or through an audio recording. Books can be a great way to quickly look up a phrase you need to use, so if going to a country where you are limited on the language it is always recommended to take a phase book with you.

How to manage exam stress

Taking any sort of exam can be stressful and it is not only students that have to do exams. It may be that you are in a job which requires you to take exams to obtain accreditation or to allow you to remain as a member of a particular company. Electricians that are Part P registered need to take exams to show that they are running their business correctly and that they are up to date with all the latest standards.

There are some great tips on managing stress when approaching and when in an exam. Often people fall short on exams because they have got too worked up about it and therefore forget important information that they need to use.

Examples of stress may be not sleeping at night, not wanting to eat properly, loss of interest in activities outside of work, headaches and increased anxiety or irritability. If you are feeling any of these things, then you need to start to manage your stress levels. Learn to recognise when you are getting stressed out and try and take a break, go and get a drink, take a walk or just have a chat with a friend. This will allow you time to get everything in perspective. Remember no matter how important exams are there is live after exams and you may be worrying unnecessarily.

 

Student assessments

As with all learning, tracking progress is often essential to ensure that the person is learning everything they need to and progressing as they should. When children first start school their academic standard is tracked. As a child gets older this is often tracked using some sort of exam whether it be a practice exam or a written exam.

Many parents and some teachers worry about a child’s progress being tracked so early on and if this will be a concern for the child, but at the very early stages of learning, their progress is often tracked in such a way that they are not even aware that it is being done.

Tracking progress is not to see which students are bright and which are not but more to see if they are receiving a good level of teaching and also to highlight any areas that they may need additional help in.

 

Exam revision

Exams can be an extremely daunting time for students regardless of their ability and skill levels. Revision is proven to help improve your chances of passing exams and allows you time to revisit topics that may have been taught a number of months ago to refresh it all in your mind.

Some people plan their revision in weeks if not months ahead of time. They will work out all the subjects they need to revise for and split the revision period up in to blocks for each subject. This can take quite a bit of planning time but can often mean that you make sure you fit all the revision in. Other students prefer to pick and choice when they do their revision and what subjects they revise for. Often students will leave revision until the last minute. This is often not advised by schools or the education department but for some students it still can work well for them and is definitely better than doing none at all.