When it comes to teens and exam prep (or the lack thereof!), procrastination can be a challenge for parents.
It may help to remember that some people procrastinate because they’re anxious. As parents, we can lend our teens some calm and perspective, reminding them that exams really only measure how well they can do an exam, not their worth as a person.
Let them know that exams are important and that good results will help, but try not to add to the pressure. In reality, nearly every student will encounter things in an exam they can do and things they cannot do – the more they study, the more the balance will tip towards things they can do!
We can also remind our kids that their job is simply to do the best they can. “I’ll give it a go” is a much more productive and helpful statement than, “I can’t do this.”