This article, How To Help Your Child To Prepare For Exams, focuses on the role of parents in bringing out the best in children.
Parents often get anxious and even tense when its examination time for their children. Most parents expect their children to score grade A and when this does not happen, they get worried. It is, therefore, very important to develop good study habits. Parents play a very important role in monitoring and helping their children to plan and prepare well for the exams. It is very important for the parents to make the child feel confident to write their exams.
1. Create a comfortable study area. Your child may spend a lot of time in this place to ensure that he is comfortable with a good study table and a comfortable chair.
2. Understand your child. While preparing for exams, a child may be stressed out and even anxious. Do not compare them with others. Instead, encourage them and support them. Instill confidence in them and make them aware that there is life beyond exams.
3. Concentrate on their diet – Children get so engrossed with their studies that they may not focus on eating properly. Care should be taken to give them good healthy food at regular intervals. Convenient packaged food does more harm than good. Dry fruits and protein-rich diet is more beneficial.
4. Spend time with them. Be with them as much as possible. Take interest in their activities. Play games with them. Ask them about studies and even help them, if possible in their studies. This will enhance their confidence level and interest in studies.
5. Minimize distractions – slightest provocation can distract children. So make sure to turn off T.V or loud music to help them concentrate on studies. Avoid any parties and get-together during this time.
6. Interact with teachers – Regular contact with the teachers will help you in knowing about your child’s performance and make you aware of their weakness. Regular interaction with teachers will also make the children more responsible.
7. Monitor your child’s activities. Nowadays with easy access to mobile phones, children get lured to video games or chatting. As parents, you have to take care that they don’t waste time on Social Media or play video games.
8. Develop healthy habits – Help your child in developing habits like eating healthy food, sleeping in time, dressing properly and communicating well. Young children should get their proper sleeping hours. Having good habits will go for a long way in helping them to stay fit and manage their time efficiently.
9. Customize study habits – Depending on your child’s ability, use different ways to help them study. Flash cards, Pictures, highlighting words on sentences in different colors etc can be some of the ways to help them study. Also, some children may not be comfortable to sit in one place to study. Let them have the flexibility to move around to study. Allow them to take breaks in between studies. Also, allot study schedule as per their capacity. If long hours are stressful; let them study for 10, 20, 30 minutes as per their capacity. Do not isolate them. Allow them to communicate with peers and also support them during breaks.
10. Ensure a calm peaceful and pleasant atmosphere at home. Your stress may become their stress and arguments can worsen the situation.
11. Prepare a checklist. Make sure that whatever the child requires to study and to carry during examinations is available. This avoids last minute anxiety.