Exams can be daunting for children, and as parents, it's natural to want to do everything we can to help them succeed. But where do you even begin? Here are some top tips to equip your child with the tools they need to conquer exam season.

Fuel Their Focus

Did you know a healthy diet can impact learning? Make sure your child is getting the nutrients they need to perform their best by providing a balanced, healthy diet. Studies have shown that the Omega 3 fatty acid DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) found in fatty fish like salmon or mackerel, are vital for children’s learning and development, playing a crucial role in brain health[1]. If your child isn’t a fan of fish, you may want to consider a child-friendly fish oil supplement such as Efalex Brain Formula.

Role of omega 3 in children's learning and development

Rest and Recharge

A well-rested mind is a sharp mind! Ensure your child gets enough sleep – the NHS recommends 9-12 hours for younger children (6-12) and 8-10 hours for teenagers (13-18). Exercise is also key – aim for at least 60 minutes a day. Encourage exercise in study breaks, as it's a great way to them to let off some steam and de-stress.


Child sleeping

Create a Calm Study Zone

Help your child set up a dedicated study space that's free from clutter and interruptions. This will allow them to concentrate fully on the task at hand, without any unwanted distractions.

Child revising, calm study zone

Plan for Success

Revision can be overwhelming, so work with your child to create a revision schedule that tackles the material in small manageable chunks. Celebrate each completed section – acknowledging their progress will keep them motivated.

Creating a revision schedule - parent helping child

Breaks are Essential

Studying for hours on end can be counterproductive. Make sure that your child takes regular breaks! Use this time to connect as a family or encourage them to socialise with friends. A refreshed mind is ready to learn more effectively.

Children playing in the park with parents

Finally, One Bonus Tip: Open Communication is Key

Exam season can be stressful, so make sure you’re there to provide emotional support. Encourage open conversations and be there to listen to their worries. Remind them that doing their best is all that matters, and that you're there for them every step of the way.

By following these tips, you can help your child approach exams with confidence and achieve their full potential. A healthy balance of diet, focus, rest, and support is the recipe for exam season success!



[1] DHA contributes to maintenance of normal brain function. The beneficial effect is obtained with a daily intake of 250 mg of DHA