Exams!! The very word can send a shiver down your child’s spine and get your heartbeat racing. God forbid if your kid is appearing for their Class 10 or Class 12 exams, the anxiety builds up even more. Everybody ranging from friends, relatives, well-wishers to the uncle next door or even the random stranger at the park, wants to know how the preparations are going and if your child is buckling under the pressure yet. It can be a tumultuous time for the entire household.
Here are a few tips that could help your child tide over the exam season with ease.
1. Consistent hard work
To reach the long term goal of being successful at the examination, it is important to set practical short term goals. Help your child chart out a study plan for the few months leading up to the exam. More time can be allocated to subjects and lessons that are challenging, and the easy ones can be brushed up once a week or so. Ensure your child sticks to this plan and review his progress regularly.
2. Time management
It is very important to effectively manage time during the exams. Last minute cramming the night before the exam, is usually a bad idea. Planning out time between homework, studies and relaxation is critical. Encourage your child to understand the concept of what he is studying instead of just memorizing it.
3. Stay fit and healthy
A good night’s sleep and healthy eating habits must be adhered to. When the body is well rested, it is easier to concentrate and focus. Eating small and healthy meals at regular intervals to gives the body an energy boost and keeps the mind active. A heavy and rich meal tends to make one sleepy and bring lowers efficiency.
4. Relax and unwind?
Encourage your child to take 10 minute breaks every 50 minutes, to de-stress. They could take a walk, play an instrument, shoot a few hoops or listen to their favorite music. Yoga and exercise can also help boost energy levels, clear the mind and relieve stress.
5. Parental pressure
The children are exposed to a lot of stress in the period leading up to the exams. As a parent, try not to add to the pressure. Take note of your child’s efforts and hard work and make him feel appreciated and motivated. A simple pat on the back or a “Well done, keep up the good work!” can go a long way in encouraging children to learn more. Avoid criticism and negativity, and do not dwell on their past failures.
Hope these tips work with your children. Stay calm and help your child stay calm during this trying period. Make time for a little celebration or a weekend getaway to have a good time once the exams are over.