As exam season approaches, many teens and young people are trying to find the key element of creating balance whilst preparing for their exams. Achieving balance is a continuous learning practice that most people strive for in life. During my own student days, I struggled to create balance and experienced academic burnout. However, when a mentor helped me to organize and schedule my calendar, it was helpful in ensuring that I had socializing time, focused time, and free time to add flexibility to my schedule.  

As a parent and professional, I encourage the use of a timer, which is an essential tool in organizing and scheduling during exam season. One parent shared their experience of actively stepping in to encourage their child to take a break, which the child found supportive and helpful in engaging better with their learning.  

It’s crucial to remember that exams can be a stressful time for young people, and each one has their own coping skills and ways of creating balance in their structure. Encouraging teens to take time for self-care can be helpful in reducing stress levels and bringing a sense of balance. 

 It’s easy to drop any self-care routine and replace it with more intense study time, but this can create an imbalance and add to the pressure. Reminding teens to add self-care to their daily schedule teaches them to nourish themselves as part of a balancing act.  

Knowing when to ask for help is also crucial in finding balance during exam season. Many young people may not know how and when to ask for help, but practicing this skill can go a long way not just during exams, but in life.  

Ultimately, finding balance during exam season is about being supportive, encouraging practical help and organization, and providing a space for mental health and self-care. It’s important to remind young people that trying their best is what really matters.  

How do we create balance during exam season? It’s a question many teens and young people are asking as they prepare for their exams. Achieving balance is an ongoing learning practice, and finding the right approach is unique to each individual.  

Organizing and scheduling, prioritizing revision, receiving support, mental health awareness, developing coping skills, and taking breaks are all key elements to consider. Encouraging self-care and asking for help when needed can also contribute to finding balance.  

As a parent, what steps can you take to help your child find balance during exam season? 

This article was written by  Soumya Karkera, one of our partner coaches. You can get in touch via her profile page, or visiting her Facebook page