Tips for parents – How to prepare your child for examinations
July 11, 2018
Ah, exams. The cause of many sleepless nights for both parents and students. But for certain, both parties would like to do well, and ace the exams. However, although the onus is upon the child to study and put time and effort into their work, as parents, you have a great role to play in supporting and facilitating his studies, for your child to do well.
Now, you may be thinking that you’ve been pushing hard for your child to study, and that this doesn’t apply to you. However, that’s not what we mean by supporting and facilitating. In fact, pushing your child too hard may cause the exact opposite of good results, and may even affect their physical and mental health.
Instead, you may choose to adopt these tips that we’ve compiled for your consideration.
1. Encourage your child to get more rest and sleep
Before you start on a tirade about how the time could be better spent studying, research has shown that well rested students are more alert and are also able to absorb more information. Whatever sleep debt they have accumulated should be repaid, and their sleeping hours should be regulated so as to optimise them for the exam period. According to the National Sleep Foundation, teenagers should be getting between 8-10 hours of sleep, so these are the guidelines you should follow when monitoring your child’s sleeping pattern.
2. Plan out a study schedule with your child
As the saying goes, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” A good plan is half the battle won, and in the battle to study for exams, a good plan is crucial. Start by listing off all the topics that will be tested, and group them by similarity. Next, assign a few topics to be studied each day. Make sure there are sufficient breaks between each study day, and also set aside days to do practice papers and recaps. Take note to do this with your child, instead of planning one and forcing it upon them, so that they can give input and it won’t feel like an imposition.
3. Find out how your child learns best
Different children learn differently: they can be one of seven types, namely visual, aural, physical, verbal, logical, social or solitary learners. Finding out how they learn best, and playing to their strengths, will make the whole study process a whole lot easier and less taxing on both you and your child.
4. Remain calm, supportive and positive
Sometimes anxiety and worry from the parents are transmitted to the child, which forces upon them even more undue pressure. This will inadvertently be detrimental to them as they may not be able to function at optimal levels, thus not being as productive at studying as they could be. It is natural to worry over a child, but it would be far better to channel all that energy into supporting the child in a positive manner.
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