The OnePoll survey of one thousand parents of 10-16 year olds across the country found a staggering 45 per cent - nearly half - believe paying for a private tutor is crucial to guarantee success in exams, rather than relying on schools alone.
As a parent of teenagers, going away over the Easter Holiday or the May Half Term for any substantial period of time is simply not an option as these are the key revision periods for the exam season, which is now just around the corner.
Quitting all fun stuff doesn't encourage discipline. If anything, I'd argue we need to show our children how their dance or exercise can help with their exam revision. It can help manage stress and re-focus their brain.
The Easter holidays are upon us and with them exam season begins to raise its ugly head once more. It's the time of year when students freak-out, their parents lose sleep and whatever hair they had left and tutors rub their hands with glee as the work pours in.
The Wildlife Trusts highly recommend spending time outdoors and around nature and water to relieve stress, so perhaps take time out and visit some local scenery - like your local park or woods. However if there is a timetable in place make sure that it is still possible to cover everything in time.
As the student, it's oftentimes hard to see the wood from the trees. Throughout their academic year they are required to adhere to a regular timetable. Once they start the revision period however, once lessons are suspended, it can be challenge for them to control their own time management.
Exams seem to be emerging as a new battleground not only for children, but schools, government and now seem to be responsible for dragging parents into a new fear spiral. It's a very different world from when we were kids.
I felt inspired to write to you because I've seen lots of teenagers just like you who are getting stressed and anxious about sitting exams.
Here's a question for anyone in the education business. (It's also one for politicians, employers and parents - in fact just about anyone with the fai...
Due to the mental health issues I had been dealing with throughout school, I felt very pessimistic and cynical towards myself and the world around me, which is never a good mind set to have through your exams.
You have to try and stay as logical as you can if you're starting to stress out - I know it's easier said than done, but it's possible. If someone else asks a question, your reaction is probably either agreeing, or not being bothered at all. It will be the same for others.
If any of us can intercept that trouble along the way, be it for ourselves or for others, then maybe we will feel more relaxed talking about mental health. Mental illness and fears are okay. They are an issue and not an identity. It's time we talk about it.
When you're told that your career, your future and your identity hang on how you perform in a test it has one of two effects: the first is that you freeze and because you cannot cope with the weight of responsibility, you pretend it isn't there. The second is just as damaging: you drive yourself to the ground because you're afraid of failure.
The good news is that this half term is the perfect time to begin to get yourself prepared for the impending examinations. Here are my starting steps which may help you on your way to exam success.
So you know you need to start your revision, as you keep getting told by every adult around you, but where do you start? It's all a bit of a mystery. You know you need a plan, but you still want to have a life! How can you revise, get to Zumba class, go to your mates party and actually sleep?!
This means that small tensions can easily escalate and in school this takes away from precious teaching time. The impact this has on their longer term attainment is that they may be unable to meet their full potential and can at times hold back other pupils in the class with the distractions they create.