Is coming up (27 Feb – 3 March)
Don’t panic! We understand that exams are important. However, there is no need to worry or sacrifice every spare second you have to study. Follow our advice, get organized, get enough rest, keep doing fun things besides studying, practice mindfulness, and most importantly, before starting the exam, take a deep breath and do your best!
· See the exam schedule
First of all, you need to know when and what your child’s exams are. You don’t have to take over your child’s schedule. Just ask a few questions and write down important dates to stay on top of things. Find out if your child is struggling in a certain class. If so, please plan extra study time and send them to school during review days.
· Children need a place to study
Keep their surroundings calm and relaxing. No TVs on the background!
· Encourage study breaks
Don’t forget to encourage breaks. When studying for long hours, exercise is a great way to refresh your brain. Encourage your child to go for a walk or run, shoot some hoops, or jump rope. Whatever it is they like.
· Encourage but don’t put the pressure
Encourage your child to do their best, but don’t stress them out. It is important that students work for themselves, and not just for their parents. They should take pride and enjoy school. Nagging can be counterproductive and can add unnecessary stress. Bribes like money or special privileges can backfire. You don’t want your child to only study if they’re going to get a new PlayStation game!
· Let the student take responsibility
Be prepared to let your child take responsibility. Remember, if your child fails not your reputation at stake. Consider it a sign that something needs to change. Use it a learning curve don’t make it a disappointment.
Children need to experience the consequences of their actions in order to learn. Some children just need to know that someone is watching them. Losing TV or phone privileges on school nights or weekdays will help redirect them.
No matter what, it’s important for parents to step back and tune out their own emotions. Exams are stressful for students and most of them want to succeed. When parents provide a loving and calm environment where schoolwork is prioritized, they give their children the opportunity to succeed.