It isn’t a recent phenomena that people find difficulty in leaving their troubles at the door, whether it be work stress, home issues or even school stress. This blog post will explore the ways on how you can help your child relax and revise away from the chaos of the classroom.
Helping with Homework
When it comes to after school activities, such as homework, it can be hard to get your child to sit down and concentrate. They can become frustrated and irritable if they get stuck on something they don’t fully understand or if the topic is something that doesn’t spark their interest. It can be a brilliant confidence boost if you take the time to sit with them and talk them through their homework brief. Offer them a helping hand every so often, you don’t need to know the answer to all of their questions but offering your guidance is a great way of showing your support.
Another idea is to set timescales for their homework assignments. This isn’t something they would necessarily need to stick to but having a set time to finish these tasks can help benefit your child’s productivity and the quality of their work. It can also be a deterrent for procrastination, so it would also be useful to switch off the television.
Helping your child cope with school related stress isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ method. Your child could feel stress for various reasons such as falling out with a school friend, not understanding certain topics at school, or even feeling over worked, and there are various things you can try to help them get back to their usual selves.
Make them feel comfortable with communicating their thoughts and feelings to you. Playground drama may seem trifling but it can be and emotional time for your child, it’s important for you to give them advice on how to confront their issues and turn them into happy endings.
There are various relaxation methods you and your child can try to help get rid of the stress you carry on your shoulders. Simple exercise such as yoga can help shake of the stress of the day and you don’t need to be panting for breath by the end of the session. Active games such as tag or hide and seek can help boost endorphins naturally making your child feel happier and more relaxed. However, these energetic activities may not work for everyone. A simple routine for eating, sleeping, homework and activities can improve organisation and productivity without any last minute surprises.
When it comes to revision, a calm environment is key. This doesn’t mean your child must sit in the corner in complete silence (unless that works for them). The best way to ensure your revision setting isn’t full of features that will help them procrastinate is to turn of the TV and preferably get them to stay away from their bedroom. It can also be useful for an adult or older sibling to sit with them so they can have verbal discussions about different topics, not all students find it beneficial to copy from a textbook.
Make sure they have all the equipment they require to help them make notes and study successfully. They don’t need to be flashy or expensive but having topic specific notebooks, pens and printable templates can help them get the most out of studying. You can find lots of different printables that are completely free on Pinterest and various other studying websites. You can also check out our previous post on the Useful Websites for Homework.
You can also read download and print out our Stress Busting Tool Kit for free, read the article here. If you have any ideas or advice on how to combat student stress why not post them in our comments section below?