Exams: The Cool, Calm and Confident Way
Cool, calm and confident is not often words fitting to a student preparing to sit exams. And those that do fit this description… well, we sometimes worry that they’re just ‘playing it’ that way!
However, we all want teens to have a positive experience in the lead-up to examinations. This doesn’t mean there won’t be stress; this doesn’t mean there were be pressure. But it does mean that we want teens to feel as comfortable as they can each time they enter that exam hall!
The way to achieve cool, calm and confident exam candidates is to be well prepared! Students who revise effectively and sustainably will see results. Part of exam confidence comes from feeling secure in knowledge and strategy (like anything we, as adults, feel confident in, right?)
One way to boost your child’s confidence significantly is to sign them up to one of our revision courses. Our courses cover key revision subjects for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher. With us, your teen has the chance to revise in small, focussed groups, guided by fantastic subject specialists.
We offer an ‘Easter School,’ which is prime time (on the calendar) for accelerating revision! The Easter Holidays are a crucial time for intense revision before the exams get underway, so we provide classes across a variety of subjects. Teens who attend this type of course gain a real boost in confidence, knowing that they have studied in a setting that is purposeful, relevant and perfectly timed! It’ll do wonders for a positive mind-set.
Optimism will also go a long way. Encouragement from you, as a parent and a guardian, will be massive…regardless of whether your teen seems to appreciate it or not! Knowing that they have your full backing will have a positive impact on a teen- and should hopefully help them feel calmer and more reassured during their challenging exam year!
Our courses focus students’ attention on revision, they also give them a structure to follow, while practising exam style questions. Easter revision courses have a significant positive impact on performance.
And whilst teens are normally quite renowned for ‘playing it cool,’ the lead up to exam season can cause some teens to experience differing levels of anxiety or fear. This can be hard to witness as a parent or guardian, and it’s going to be a time where resilience is much needed for your youngster! Your teen will benefit from utilising support and resources readily available to them, such as our revision courses; teachers; support staff or the wealth of materials online.
In addition to this, if you have genuine concerns about any highly anxious behaviour from your child, seek support as soon as you can. There are plenty of services out there who would be able to help- and you might be able to identify and solve issues before they inflict on your child’s examination days.
Hopefully, however, your child will be of the many who- despite nerves and wanting to do their very best- will feel a sense of sureness walking into their exam hall!
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