The following information has been collated from the experiences of students, parents and tutors and is set out to offer guidance. Not every piece of information will be relevant to each individual so please read and use whatever you find most useful.
A question all parents ask themselves, how can I best support my child? In terms of exams and studying, there are a number of things parents can do to support:
– Helping students out with their finance, especially around exam time should mean they have less pressure to get a part time job. We think that work is a great thing for students to do and is an important part of their development but during exam periods all focus should be on revision.
– Create a study friendly environment, in a space away from distractions if possible. Our tutors advise that replicating exam conditions is helpful when revising as it gets students use to retrieving information in the same way they will have to do come exam day.
-If you have a background in a particular subject you may be able to provide some academic support on a subject your child finds difficult. However if you are going to do this, make sure you are aware of exactly what is in the syllabus as otherwise this may be counter-productive.
– Help students get access to quality revision materials. Speak to school and see what courses they are taking and what exam boards they are covering. This information is usually on the schools website although sometimes it is buried and difficult to find. We believe that Complete Tuition can help to form part of the quality revision resources that students use. Students can use our search filters to easily find the topic and question type they want to revise.
– Find a tutor to help and support in those difficult subject areas. It is now estimated that 1 in 4 students are now tutored at some point during their school lives. We have consistently found that tutors can help students in specific subject areas but also in revision techniques that are often missed in school due to the time constraints in covering the course.
– Listen to concerns and speak to school or specific subject teachers if this is likely to help resolve any issues they are having. Many schools now have a dedicated pastoral care team that may be more suitable to address depending on the specifics of the issue your child is experiencing.
Selecting a Tutor
When selecting a tutor there a number of things to consider:
- Qualifications: Does the tutor have a degree and/or a PGCE?
- DBS: Has the tutor got a DBS check?
- Convenience: Does the tutor travel and fit in with your schedule?
At Complete Tuition, part of the tutoring agency sign up criteria is that all tutors have to have the relevant qualifications, DBS checks, training and experience. Therefore you can be confident in the tutors we advertise.
Use our dedicated search filters to find a private academic tutor in your local area!
Students can experience stress at any age but especially leading up to exams.
Dealing with stress can be really difficult but the following are a few tips that may help.
- Relaxation techniques such as mindfulness, yoga and meditation.
- A healthy diet is key. Eating fruit and vegetables boosts your immune system and provides you with more focus.
- Exercise releases hormones that can make you feel uplifted.
- Regular, short breaks from revision can help to maintain concentration and manage stress levels. Listening to music, going for walks, getting out of your revision environment for a short period of time can really help.