Year 12 can be pretty hectic for all involved! The constant assignments, stressful exams, post-school future looming and the pull of increasing independence can take its toll on students and parents alike.
Luckily there are practical ways that you can help your teenagers get through Year 12 exams and make it out the other side. The experts at Reachout share their tips on how:
If you’re confident with the four areas above, well done! Now it’s time to start thinking about pressure and expectations. Whether we like it or not, a lot of weight is placed on final exams with many teenagers seeing it as a be-all-or-end-all situation. It’s important that as a parent you’re aware of what contributes to this pressure and instead be a source of support for your teenager. There are lots of different pathways for people to get into further study or a career, so if your teenager’s results don’t quite go as planned they will always have options.
One thing that you can do is take some time to reflect on your own expectations and whether they match your teen’s. We know that questions like ‘What marks will my child get?’ and ‘What will that mean for their future?’ swirl around in most parents’ heads, but if you can both get on the same page exam and results time will be far less stressful on you both. If you need help, this quick 10 question quiz can guide you through this and give you some tips on what to do next.
The final piece in the puzzle is talking about the future. Being 17 or 18 and feeling like you have to decide your whole life’s trajectory in one go can be pretty daunting. For some it’ll be clear but for others it won’t be, and there really isn’t a right or wrong to this.
Reachout spoke to four families with teenagers who went on totally different paths, to see what worked best for them and here are the tips they came up with:
Now we get that this is all quite a lot to do! So in the next week why don’t you just choose one of the tips above – write it down, put a reminder in your phone, tell a friend, whatever works for you. With each action you’ll build on your skills to support your teen to tackle Year 12 exams at the end of the year.