Parents can get confused by the different messages on whether to help or not, says Dr Kate Ellis-Davies, senior lecturer at the psychology department of Nottingham Trent University. "That confusion," she explains, "comes from everyone meaning different things by 'helping' with homework.
"Helping can be simply being aware of the amount of homework set and helping children to plan ahead and time manage the different tasks they need to do. This kind of help is commonly encouraged by schools, with parents or caregivers initialling homework diaries, for example. Children tend to respond positively."
Motivation is another way of lending support: "This is about encouraging the student in the work they are doing, regardless of the topic," she says. "Importantly, this seems to be helpful only if the student doesn't perceive this as the parents exerting pressure on the child to perform. So, help in motivating that focuses on effort and interest in the work rather that outcome tends to be encouraged in schools."
Conversely, avoiding the homework hour altogether isn't ideal, says David Messer, the emeritus professor of child development and learning at the Open University. "It can reduce confidence if parents seldom give help and appear uninterested, especially if their child is stuck or does not understand something."
Recent research from academics in the US and France has found that listening to classical music while studying can actually help students score higher in their assessments.
With exam season well underway here in the UK, we want to give students a helping hand wherever we can, particularly after new figures released by ChildLine showed a concerning rise in the number of young people seeking help for stress.
Therefore, to help combat stress levels, the team at Classic FM has revealed a list of the top pieces of classical music to help students get the most out of their revision.
From relaxing melodies for starting the process to pace-quickeners for those last-minute cramming moments, classical music can both calm students down and make them more receptive to new information.
Classic FM presenter, Bill Turnbull, has shared his experiences of listening to classical music while studying. He said: “When I was revising for exams, it wasn’t unheard of for me to lose concentration, but listening to classical music was a really simple and effective way to stay focused and keep my nerves under control.
“Last year, thousands of students tuned into Classic FM to help them get through the busy revision and exam period so, this year, we have created a list of the most relaxing, inspirational, and motivational pieces to help them keep their eyes on the ball.”
So, taking into consideration the presenter’s words of wisdom, turn down the Beyoncé, and turn up the Bach - here’s a countdown of the top ten classical tracks which could set you on the road to exam success:
10) Piano Concerto No. 23 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
9) The Hours – Philip Glass
8) Gymnopedie No. 1 – Erik Satie
7) Clair De Lune – Claude Debussy
6) Etudes – Claude Debussy
5) Academic Festival Overture – Johannes Brahms
4) Well-Tempered Clavier – Johann Sebastian Bach
3) A Beautiful Mind – James Horner
2) Goldberg Variations - Johann Sebastian Bach
1) Canon in D – Johann Pachelbel
If you feel exam stress and revision is getting the better of you, get in touch with the team at ChildLine for help and support by calling their free confidential helpline on 0800 1111. Also, support is available from a counsellor online through 1-2-1 chat. The team also has some top tips on getting the best out of revision.Reuse content