Ways to Support our Teens

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Father and son talking on a bench

“Exams”: a word that can strike fear and traumatic flashbacks into the heart of even the most confident of us! We all remember them, and the doubts, the fears, the hopes and the nervous anticipation that went along with them. All Saints’ College is pleased to present a five-part series that focuses on exams, with some tips for parents and students on how best to manage what can be a challenging time.

Exams can be a stressful time for our teenagers and is an important time for us, as parents, to provide extra support.

Here are some possible ways to support a child at this time:

  1. Help ensure there is a quiet space for study;
  2. Encourage our teen to plan ahead by developing a study schedule and insist on turning their phone off or placing it away to deter from any distractions.
  3. Get them to focus on short-term goals, rather than the final result, “In the next hour I want to have finished reading and analysing chapter 5”.
  4. Researchers at UWA suggest attention and memory both begin to become less reliable after about 20 minutes of dedicated study, therefore encourage teens to have ‘active’ breaks away from the screen / books.

All Saints’ College Psychologist, Ainsley Harmsen, suggests that, if you notice your teen experiencing the following emotional or social changes, book a confidential discussion. Some signs look out for are:

  1. Significant difficulty sleeping or waking up;
  2. Unexplained aches and/or pains;
  3. Being more forgetful than usual;
  4. Migraines and/or headaches;
  5. Demonstrates loss of interest;
  6. Disconnected from social groups;
  7. Changes in diet and or weight;
  8. Increasingly irritable (demonstrated either through increased teariness or physical aggression).

Although this can be a stressful time, try to keep things in perspective for all involved as there is life after exams and forward planning and preparation can help make it a smoother time.