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Are You Fretting Over Your Child’s Exams?

Ah, it’s finally the last stretch of the final year exams! The exam period has to be one of, if not the biggest worrying time for every parent! Besides the last minute revision and exam prep, parents even lose their sleep over the worry and anxiousness of the exams.

However, while this is an indeed a crucial period, parents need to learn how to calm down and stay focused on supporting their child instead of adding on to the pressure. We’ve gathered some valuable tips from an educator and former school leader just for you!

  1. WHAT ARE SOME WAYS IN WHICH PARENTS CAN SUPPORT THEIR CHILD WITHOUT GOING OVERBOARD?

    There are various ways parents can provide support: 

    Rest: ensuring the child has enough sleep and rest

    Nutrition: providing the child with delicious and nutritious food and snacks

    Exercise: encouraging the child to take a break and exercise, after studying or revising. It can as simple as taking a walk in the park after revision. Spiritual: saying a prayer for the child or praying together with the child

    Emotional: providing a listening ear to the child and encouraging the child to keep up the positive effort. Letting the child know of the parents’ love.

  2. The ‘kiasu-ness’ in Singaporean parents typically tends to overpressure kids. Why should parents stop expecting such high results from their children and how can they strike a balance?

    We can understand the parents’ hopes for their children to perform successfully. At the same time, this successful performance can be achieved when there is a healthy balance of elements.

    We do not want to children to be overstressed as it can lead to under-performance. Manageable level of stress is not bad but excessive stress can be detrimental. Reasonable and realistic expectations coupled with relevant and resourceful support can help the children to perform well.

    Parents and children can strive to find the balance by realising that exams are important but these are milestones or checkpoints in life’s journey. The focus can be on striving towards improvements in quality learning and performance, and not just on high results per se.

    Let us help our children to fulfill their potential as they learn and improve. Positive experiences of learning are vital to successful lifelong learning and success.

  3. What are some tips for parents when creating a study timetable for their children?

    The timetable can be designed together, with time for study and breaks to rest, relax and recharge. The child should be involved in the creation so that the child takes ownership of the timetable. There can also be time for family bonding activities and time to celebrate the small successes and achievements of the week. This can help enhance motivation and relationships.

  4. What are some ideal activities for children to take a break after studying and revising for exams?

    The timetable can be designed together, with time for study and breaks to rest, relax and recharge. The child should be involved in the creation so that the child takes ownership of the timetable. There can also be time for family bonding activities and time to celebrate the small successes and achievements of the week. This can help enhance motivation and relationships.