Study Tips to Help your Child with Exams
By: Zoe Verelli
Studying is not always an easy thing to do, especially for children. Their minds are active, and constantly in the midst of thinking, learning and doing. That’s why when it comes to exam time, children feel even more pressure to get a good grade while parents feel even more anxious for their child to get a good grade. But here’s the thing: you and your child need to work at it together. Then, you need to create a game plan and follow it. In order to facilitate this process for parents, we’ve compiled a list of study tips that will help your child prepare for exams.
1. Get organized
Organization is key – we’ve heard that our whole lives because it’s the truth. Your child should be made aware of this. One of the best ways is to create a to-do list every day with your child in order to keep track and write down any homework. As you know, between homework, tests and extracurricular activities, it’s not as easy for you and your child to get a grip on key dates or assignments. This is why a day-planner would help you stay on track of your child’s homework, and more importantly, your children will get in the habit of staying on top of their schoolwork. They will have done all their homework and went through all the material that will be present on their next exam.
2. Develop a study plan
Your child will benefit from a structured, study plan. First, you must identify which study plan best suits the needs of your child. There are many options, which is why it’s probably best that you and your child go through all of them to figure out which works best. Some examples include reading material out loud, creating mental associations to material, drawing diagrams (for children who are more visual), and using flash cards. Once you choose the best method, you can begin to implement it. Be sure to give your child an ample amount of time to study. Nothing good comes from last minute studying!
3. Be positive
It’s important that you positively reinforce your child’s efforts. They may become anxious or begin to lose confidence in themselves. Make sure to motivate them during this time and avoid showing any distrust in their abilities. Show them that their efforts are valued. They also need to realize the importance of positive thinking. Being negative, especially when it comes to school, will not encourage them to excel. Confidence is another key to performing well on exams.