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  • Advice for dealing with disappointing exam results
    Posted 16/8/2018
    Advice for dealing with disappointing exam results PRESS RELEASE Advice for dealing with disappointing exam results Amy Smith, MD of an online Alternative Provision school for vulnerable students, warns that parents and teachers must have strategies for dealing with the crushing impact on students of disappointing exam results. So much of exam coverage across media focuses on the successes: the fistful of top passes, the record breakers, the go-straight-to-Oxbridge stories, and the like. Any parent with a child whose exam results were disappointing will recognise the effect this can have on self-esteem. And it can go way beyond the radius of school. “Young people can often make the quantum leap from academic failure to being an all-round loser in the blink of an eye,” warns Amy. “As a parent or carer, you can take steps to bolster your son or daughter’s sense of self-worth.” Amy advises parents to help their children to put their results into perspective, and help them recognise that their sense of self-worth comes from within. The key, says Amy, is to build mental resilience. “By ensuring that your child doesn’t define his or herself by external factors, you’re putting the building blocks in place for a mental resilience that will help them negotiate…
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