Exams often spell a time of stress for children and their parents. Stress can easily multiply when children sense the anxiety of parents. Instead of adding stress to your child, you can help make the experience less painful with these simple tips!
- Make a Plan
A study plan helps to set out expectations for your child on when they should be studying and how much they should aim for. Working out an achievable plan with them also helps them take more responsibility of their studies. It definitely helps you reduce unnecessary stress as well!
- Have a Break
Giving your child regular breaks helps them recharge and refocus. Factoring in time for play isn’t harmful; it helps develop other parts of their brain, and also makes the exam period a more positive one.
- Eat Smart
Research shows that a good breakfast is linked to higher success academically. Ensure that your child has regular meals to keep their energy level consistent, and where possible, incorporate ‘brain foods’ like eggs, nuts and fish, to give the right nutrients for brain performance.
- Learn in ‘Style’
Some children need a distraction-free environment, while others study best with music in the background.
- Recognise Effort
Some children naturally excel in sports, while others, in music or language. There are more than five known intelligence, and yet,
exams only measure one or two. Some kids may bring home ‘B’s, no matter how hard they study. Praise them on their effort and
perseverance, rather than focusing on results. Resist the urge to compare them with other kids.
- Love Unconditionally
Most kids just want to please their parents. If they find that the only way to please you is getting ‘A’s, the exams will become more than
a test of knowledge and problem-solving skills. Instead, they become a test of worthiness to be loved.
- Put Things in Perspective
Exams serve to move children along the school system, but the values that they learn in the process of schooling will stay with
them for life. Take the opportunity to nurture perseverance, responsibility and a love for learning. It will go a long way!
How do you and your child beat the exam stress? Share with us your ideas below!