Top study tips for parents

By Drum Digital
04 May 2014

Exam time is a stressful time and just as a child, a parent should also be prepared for this tough period. We give you some practical tips.

Exam time is a stressful time and just as a child a parent should also be prepared for this tough period.

Parents: how to help

Terri Lailvaux, a counsellor from Claremont in Cape Town with a background in teaching and Cape Town based Gill Molteno, educational psychologist and director of Study for Success, a holiday course for high school students to improve their study skills offer some tips on how to make life easier for your children during exam time:

Age 7-10

  • Keep learning fun and interesting and be involved in the studying. You could use information to make up a competition or quiz.
  • Make a list of what they need to study and help them tick it off as they go along so they can see progress.
  • Instill the “work first then play” so that studying isn’t put off to when they’re tired.

Age 12-14

  •  Make sure your child knows what to study and how long to study for.
  • Remove time robbers like cell phones, TV, computers during study session.
  • At this age, students should be able to make summaries and study on their own, but parents can double check that all the information is there, especially if a child has learning difficulties, lack motivation or gets easily distracted.
  • Be aware that children are adjusting to high school, which may have different school systems, increased workload and new exam formats.
  • Encourage them to start a study group, even if it’s with just one friend – or you! Teaching has a high retention rate so get them to teach you the subject and ask them questions about it.

Age 15-18

  • Keep the house quiet during exam time, keep younger siblings occupied and give some slack on household chores.
  • Sit down with your teen three to four weeks before the start of exams and discuss how long the teenager will study on week days and weekends before and during exams.  Come to a mutual agreement.
  • If a teen does badly in some exams then the parent may need to apply consequences the following term, for example, not playing computer games during the week.
  • Watching a movie, a YouTube clip on a specific topic or online research together can be a very easy way to remember, in addition to studying.
  • For a list of valuable online education resources, visit this link:


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