Examinations do not necessarily have to be a nightmare. With the right methods and proper support, the kids will breeze through their papers (and you’ll have more peace of mind as well!)
With engaging lessons, the company of friends, and co-curricular activities to look forward to, school is usually something that is generally enjoyable for children. Yet, there is always that one thing to be dreaded as each academic term draws to a close: Examinations.
With our society becoming increasingly competitive in many aspects, it is no surprise that young ones these days are facing even more exam pressure than before. To help relieve some tension surrounding this stressful period, here are some tips that you and your child can make use of so that they may ace their exams – without experiencing undue strains through “tiger mum” regimes.
- Studying Smart – Preparing Effectively
A child can sit at their study desk trying to memorise concepts for hours, but the time spent may not necessarily be fruitful, even if the child is earnest in attempts. Where studies are concerned, quantity isn’t everything. It is just as important to study smart as it is to study hard. Kids need to be able to synthesise information before applying it to any situation. Their young minds are most receptive
when they are feeling generally positive – for example,when they are enjoying themselves, or feeling calm and secure – so making learning fun will definitely help them receive and retain information better.
Try this: If your child is a visual learner, you can use pictures to help them understand concepts. When it comes to learning languages, associating images or little stories with idioms and metaphors is a good method for picking them up.
- Showing Your Support
Do express interest in what your child is learning. This kills two birds with one stone by helping your child recall ideas while showing them you’re cheering them on. As your child learns and improves with time, validate successes so that they will be motivated to continue striving. Also, be sure to refrain harping on past failures. Dwelling on the negative tends to create a self-fulfilling prophecy. If there were mistakes in the past, establish those ‘setbacks’ as ‘set-ups’ for future success!
Try this: Consider tokens such as stickers or the occasional icecream treat to celebrate little milestones together
- In Top Shape
Some children can complete their day-to-day assignments without difficulty, but under-perform during exams. If your child faces this problem, it could be that they are affected by stressful exam conditions, which differ from the environment at home where their minds are more relaxed. Or perhaps, they are not well-rested enough, hence their concentration on the big day is compromised. Adequate sleep is necessary for them to be clear-headed and alert so they can perform to the best of their ability. A nutritious diet is also important to give them enough energy and prevent them from falling ill during this crucial time.
Try this: If your little one is prone to losing marks because of careless mistakes, stress the importance of reading questions properly and checking their work no matter how easy the exam paper appears to be. Get them to highlight key words so that they will be more mindful of them.
Ultimately, the focus should be on learning the content rather than worrying about the exam. In other words, students should know their
material well. Clichéd as it sounds, the important thing is knowing that your child tries their best, and being proud of those efforts. After all, the knowledge and resilience that they will build up through their hard work is worth much more than the grades that they receive.
What are your top tips for helping your child prepare and revise better for the exams? Share your views with us down below.