Talking to Your Parents or Carers About Exams

The exam season impacts more than you and your mates this time of year. When you're on study leave you'll be spending more time at home with your parents or carers, who will want you to do your best. But how do establish boundaries and what's acceptable for everyone at this sometimes stressful time of year? 

1. Figure Out What You Need

Are you someone who works better when listening to music? Or do you prefer silence? You might find it easier to get information in your brain by writing it all down, or perhaps you learn better with visual cues and talking to people. However best you learn, it's important to let your parents or carers know so that they can support you by giving you the learning environment you need. If they can't provide that, or you think you'll end up being too distracted in the house, why not go to your local library?

2. Set Boundaries

Taking time for yourself and having breaks are important – you can't study every hour of the day! Your parents will want you to do well in your exams, but if they are expecting you to spend every day of your study leave hitting the books, you will burn out. Let them know that everyone needs time to rest in order to learn – even your school day is split up into breaks so your brain isn't overloaded!

3. Ask For Help

If you need motivation to study, need help to take regular breaks, or know you need to eat better to fuel your brain, ask your parents for help. This could be something as simple as not letting breaks run over 20 minutes, taking your phone away from you, buying more fruit and veg for snacks, going out for a walk (with a pet or a parent!) etc. 

4. Pick Their Brains

Once upon a time your parents or carers would have been sitting their exams, and while things have changed, some things stay the same! Your parents might have tips on how they coped with their exams or have personal experiences from work or life that can come in handy! A different or new perspective on things might be just the thing you've been needing and that helps things click into place for you.

5. Be a Good Housemate

If you're spending more time in the house than usual, then it can be good to help out! Why not offer to wash the dishes, clean out the pets cages, babysit a sibling, take out the bins or mow the lawn? Plus by doing other tasks, it can stop your brain going into study overload. And your parents or carers will probably really appreciate the extra help!