With less than five weeks before the HSC gets under way in NSW, a new survey has revealed the biggest mistakes parents make when it comes to helping their child study for their final exams.
According to the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), more than 76,399 students studied one or more HSC course in 2021 and 68,710 completed their HSC.
A similar number is expected to sit this year's HSC exams, which begin on October 12.
But now a new survey of more than 300 students found the majority of parents hinder rather than help them when studying for exams, and parents are being urged to "back off."
The survey, in the form of an online poll, was conducted by Pilot Pen Australia and HSC tutor Clarissa Armani. ?
It found 62 per cent of respondents said their parents hindered them when studying, while only 38 per cent were reportedly a help.
The majority of respondents, 57 per cent, said the worst thing parents did was "interrupt my studying by coming in my room."?
This was followed by "constantly asking me how my studying is going", which was the top response of 37 per cent of those surveyed.
"Playing TV/music/making noise in the house" was the third worst offence, accounting for 27 per cent of responses.
When asked what most distracted students from studying, answers ranged from "my phone" to "the TV", "the internet", "electronic devices", "loud noises" and "my bossy mum."
Respondents were also asked the best way parents could help their child study.
The top responses were "Give me space" (35 per cent); "Buy me the stationery I need" (26 per cent), and "Make me a cup of tea/snack/drink" (22 per cent).
Pilot Pen Australia's marketing manager John Johnston said the results were surprising.
"With around 70,000 students about to sit HSC next month and many more undertaking end-of-year exams, we ran this survey to find out more about what students need," he said.?
"We were actually quite surprised to find out that parents aren't one of the 'go to' tools in the study kit!"
HSC tutor Clarissa Armani, whose clients answered the survey, said the results showed parents needed to back off.
"It's important for students, particularly high schoolers and those doing the HSC, to learn how to plan and manage their study by themselves. Hovering around to check they are on task is distracting and counterproductive," she said.
However, she did say one positive way parents could help was to ensure the home environment was conducive to study.
"Having the right environment for study at home can make a huge difference so students feel comfortable and motivated," she said.?
"Set them up with a good desk or provide quiet time at the kitchen table with good lighting.?
"Kids of all ages love nice stationery, so treat them to their faves to help them stay motivated."
She said it was not surprising that many respondents found technology was distracting.
"Encourage children to leave their phone outside the room so they can come and get it when they're done and also try and minimise noise in the house just to help them concentrate," she said.?
"These days, it's harder than ever before but your kids will thank you for it later," she said.
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