GCSEs and A Levels are a tough few years for teenagers, but the challenge often starts long before the actual exam period or even the lessons. One of the toughest parts is actually choosing which subjects to study. Not to worry though; there are lots of things parents can do to help. Here are some top tips from a sixth form college in London.

First of all, it’s a good idea to do as much research as possible so that you’re in a good place to help your child and give them advice. For instance, if your child has demonstrated an interest in a particular career path you could find out what the qualification requirements are for that job. For instance, if your child wants to become a doctor, you should find out what the course requirements are for medicine at various universities. W

When making a decision about a levels, you’re child needs to feel confident they’re doing the right thing. As their parents, you should take them along to any open evenings and be sure to ask questions to the different subject teachers. It might also help your child to speak to any older friends or relatives who have already experienced a levels as they might have some useful advice.

The most important thing to remember is that your child will be feeling a strange mix of emotions, so you should try and be patient with them. Let them know you’re there for them if they want to talk about their emotions and try and reassure them that everything will be ok. Remind them that this is their chance to only study subjects that they’re truly passionate about and that it’s not all doom or gloom. Let them know that you are happy to get them a tutor if they feel they need one.

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