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10 Rules that Absolutely Help Teenagers Cope with Exams - Maple Education

Saturday, 20 July 2013

10 Rules that Absolutely Help Teenagers Cope with Exams

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With the exam season in full swing, it is not too late to set in place a temporary regime at home to help your children through this stressful time.

Start off by making an ‘appointment’ with your child to talk about a coping strategy. The exam period is an excellent way for young people to detox from normal life with the added bonus of summer holidays to look forward to.

So here are the ten magic rules that will make a massive contribution to your child’s confidence during exam time:

1. Go to bed one hour earlier than normal from now until the last day of his/her exam.

6. Revise aloud wherever and whenever possible. Talking to yourself embeds facts in your head forever. Singing facts is even better!

2. Wake up half an hour early for a really big cooked breakfast. Best exam booster.

7. Give your skin a rest from make-up during exam period. Ditto your hair – no colour or straightening. Just wash and go – you will have great hair and skin for summer holidays.

3. Stay away from social media and TV from Sunday to Friday and then enjoy a binge on Saturday. Difficult…but doing so will give about 5 hours per day to revise.

8. Attend revision classes at school or privately, and hammer away on practice papers.

4. Go from school to the library to study and stay as late as possible for quality study time.

9. Run, swim, cycle or play sport for 20 minutes twice a week. This will give your brain a rest whilst pumping valuable oxygen, nutrients and endorphins to boost confidence.

5. Drink 6 big glasses of water per day and absolutely no alcohol and coffee.

10. Be strong and stay focused – exams will be over by the end of June.

Chris Garnett

Chris Garnett is the Chief Executive Officer of Maple Education, responsible for operations, finance and exams. A social entrepreneur, Chris co-founded and managed an ethical fashion business from 2000 to 2009. In the 1980s Chris had her own successful office management business in Canada.

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