£1.5bn was spent by schools in England last year on exam preparation materials. But how much of that money actually went into teaching students how to answer questions correctly? A lot of people will agree that examinations, whether it is GCSE, A-Level or Degree level, are some of the most stressful times in a person’s life. The bottom line is that test environments is not a suitable platform for all individuals to show their knowledge and understanding.
If your child has received a grade of D or E, there are things you can do to help them improve their grades and their overall mindset. First, talk to your child about why they didn’t achieve as well as they hoped. It might be because they weren’t prepared enough, or they were distracted during the test. Is it a question of personal focus or a shortcoming in their preparation materials? You should make it clear that it isn’t the end of the world, examinations are indeed important in that they conclude a series of study, but achieving a disappointing result does not and will not impact them as seriously as some will make out – so long as there is an understanding of the “why”.
Talk to them about it
Have a Plan B ready
If your child gets a bad grade, there’s no point panicking. Instead, take some time out to think about what went wrong. Was it because they didn’t study enough? Did they not understand the question properly? Or did they just do badly? Whatever the reason, try to figure out why it happened so you can avoid making the same mistake again.
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