Leaving Cert

Parenting an exam student

Parenting is challenging at Exam Time!

Stress and Exam Time
In the lead up to exams the stress levels can increase in the home. However, there are things you can do to reduce stress  at this time. The calmer the parent, the calmer the student,  so it is important  to be in a ‘good place’  to offer […]

By |May 30th, 2014|BLOG|0 Comments

Emotional Well being for Exam Students

Emotional Resilience – being in control of your feelings
“The talk was brilliant” many students reported back after Sheila’s Wellbeing session. Feedback was that they found it both beneficial and useful in teaching ways to self-calm, keep perspective as well as learning some new study tips! The power of positive thinking was also covered as well […]

By |March 24th, 2014|BLOG|0 Comments

Stress and your exam student

It is a tough time for your exam student; however there are things they can do to reduce stress

Stress busters:

‘When I exercise, things don’t get on top of me’

Finding the half hour to exercise makes the rest of the day more manageable and improves your mood (if outdoor)
 What is your coping strategy? People who handle […]

By |March 21st, 2014|balance in life, BLOG, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Exam Student tips

Supporting the exam student
5 P’s: Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance
The Pareto Rule: The 80:20 rule: 20% of your effort yields 80% of your results, so remember to focus!

Work expands to fit the time available
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail
Be organised
Set goals
Make a plan
Prioritise tasks
Set deadlines for tasks
Break tasks down into manageable chunks
Get […]

By |March 21st, 2014|BLOG|0 Comments

Healthy eating for the exam student

Practical tips to eat healthily

Healthy Eating – to feel good & have more energy

Limit foods from top shelf of food pyramid (Choc/biscuits/crisps/cake/fizzy drinks) high in fat, sugar, salt
Prepare & cook using fresh ingredients (ready meals/takeaways are high in fat & sugar)
Eat 5 or more of different coloured fruit/veg a day, include leafy green vegetables
Smoothies: Yes, […]

By |March 21st, 2014|BLOG|0 Comments

Parenting at Exam Time

Parenting at exam time can be stressful, what makes things easier?

Leaving and Junior Cert Parenting tips
I remember being told that the Leaving Cert was a stressful year – having been through it twice with my two teenagers, I now see there are things you can do to keep a calmer house and support your exam […]

By |February 17th, 2014|BLOG|0 Comments

Exam Stress: help for parents

Exam stress for any Leaving or Junior Cert parent is an issue
Stress at exam time
Talking to parents of Leaving Cert and Junior Cert this week, I am hearing of their teens vomiting due to exam pressure, experiencing symptoms similar to panic attacks and parents concerned with state exams pending. The number one tip is this: […]

By |January 14th, 2014|BLOG, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Parenting your Child or Teenager

The child/teen labelled ‘wonderful’ following high achievement often develops Performance Anxiety, Perfectionism or addiction to success.
Self Esteem and your Child or Teen
Their self worth is dependent on their performance, not on feeling loved for their person. Over attention to a behavior that gained them recognition, not only breeds massive insecurity, it narrows field of endeavor to ‘success’ […]

By |April 30th, 2013|Teens|0 Comments

Junior Cert, Leaving Cert help with exams

Stress and Exams

I have learnt from my mistakes regarding exams and what teenagers need and hope you find this helpful.
Help with exams
The only control you have over your teen is the strength of your relationship with them. The more you work on relating to them in positive ways, the more influence you have over guiding […]

By |March 26th, 2013|junior cert help, Uncategorized|0 Comments

How to manage exam stress for parents

Focus on the relationship, not the study and as you deepen your relationship with your teenager, it becomes safe for them to share their worries and concerns.
Why your child may be having difficulties studying
If there is an unwillingness to study, remember relationship is still the most important thing as what may lie behind their unwillingness […]