Exam advice for parents

Exam advice for parents: How to support your son or daughter

In continuing on with our efforts to familiarise students with participating in the exam process, we will once again be conducting an end of semester exam period for all Year 9,10,11 students. The purpose of the examination period is to better prepare students for their VCE exams by providing them with the experience of sitting exams under the same conditions as VCE, in both venues and supervision. The importance of the examinations will also be reflected in their semester reports.

The examination period will run from Friday 5th June to Wednesday 14th June.

Yr 9 Exams–                   Monday 5th June & Tuesday 6th June
Yr 10 & Yr.11 Exams–   Wednesday 7th June to Friday 9th June & Tuesday 13th June
Yr 12 GAT Exam            Wednesday 14th June

Please note that:

  • It is compulsory that students attend their timetabled examinations. All absences will require a medical certificate.
  • Yr 9 students core subject exams- Maths, English, Humanities and Science.
  • All Yr. 10 and 11 students will sit an exam for every subject they study.
  • Yr 9 students are required to be at school for the entire day on both exam days.
  • Yr 10 and 11 students will only be required at school during their timetabled exams. The rest of the time they should be at home preparing as thoroughly as possible. Study centers will be available for students who need to be at school in between exam sessions.
  • Students MUST BE in complete school uniform when entering the examination.
  • Students will NOT be allowed to leave any examination early.

Through practice and preparation, our students will feel equipped and ready to handle exams — without feeling the need to cheat. They will also be less afraid of failure or mistakes because they’ll rely on their own abilities and put in their best efforts.

Try these simple strategies for your child to smooth the transition between learning and recall, schoolwork and exam day.

Exam Timetable

Yr 9 Exams–                    Monday 5th June & Tuesday 6th June
Yr 10 & Yr.11 Exams–   Wednesday 7th June to Friday 9th June & Tuesday 13th June
Yr 12 GAT Exam            Wednesday 14th June

Effective Study and Learning Habits

Parents and carers can help reduce the exam stress of their child by helping them establish effective study and learning habits:

  • Help your child find a quiet place to study without distractions. Make sure their table is uncluttered so they can focus better.
  • Encourage your child to ask for help or ask their teacher for clarity if they are unsure of something or if they feel confused.
  • Help them to plan their study schedule early on so they have sufficient time to study. It can be helpful to develop a clear, realistic plan of what they want to cover in each study session. Can they break it down into small chunks?
  • Remind your child to take a short rest and move around in between each part of their study.
  • Offer help sometimes. It can be useful having someone to listen or practice with.

Healthy sleeping and eating habits

  • Encourage your child to stick to a routine of going to bed at a reasonable time. They need to avoid late night TV shows or movies.
  • Motivate them to eat regularly and make time to have fun and exercise.
  • Help them to cut back on coffee or any other stimulants which they may be using, as these can increase agitation. Encourage them to drink lots of water instead.
  • Remind them to take time out when they eat, rather than carrying on with study.
  • Encourage them to eat fresh fruit, veggies, cereals, grains, nuts and protein – they are all good for the brain and blood sugar levels.
  • Encourage them to eat when they get hungry. This keeps blood sugar and hydration levels steady.
  • Avoid junk food if possible. It will bring a sudden sugar high which will fall away quickly, leaving a person feeling tired.

Ideas for exam day

Talk about these ideas before exam day so as not to add to anxiety levels.

Suggest to your child that they:

  • Eat a good and light breakfast – something that will sustain them and help them concentrate.
  • Try to arrive at school early.
  • Go to the toilet before the exam starts.
  • Keep away from people who may agitate them before the test or may say unhelpful, anxiety-provoking comments.
  • Try writing about their thoughts and feelings at least 10 minutes before the exam to free up brainpower from focusing on emotions, so they can focus on the test material instead.
  • Take time to slow their breathing and relax when they first sit down in the exam room.
  • Skim over the exam paper, underlining key words and instructions.
  • Work out how long they have for each question or section.
  • Watch out for the wording of the questions – they need to understand and address what the question is really asking.
  • Answer the questions they find easiest first to build their confidence, then as they relax more move on to more difficult ones.
  • Don’t worry about how long others are taking but keep an eye on the clock to ensure they have enough time to answer the more difficult questions.
  • Re-read answers if possible and make any changes that are necessary – correct spelling, check workings.

Post-exam tip

If your child is not able to do well in the exam and they feel very upset about it. It may be helpful to take some time to discuss any problems they had so they can avoid them next time.  Students are always able to seek advice and feedback from their teachers.

More tips here