Are your children's examinations coming up? Here's how you can help your child perform to his level best.
Semester examinations are important milestones in your children's school life. Younger children need much more assistance than older children in preparing for exams. The guidance that you provide in the early stages will enable your children to study
with discipline and dedication later on, on their own. If your children
are still in kindergarten or primary classes, you will need to invest much more time. However, with older children, you may face problems of a different kind—disobedience and rebellion, which require greater tact.
Never let your children postpone studying until a day before the exams. This will only increase their anxiety and stress levels. Preparation is the key to success. Don't listen to any excuses and don't be swayed by assurances. The best
course is to have your children study for some time everyday. Even if
this is not possible, ensure that they begin preparing for the exams at
least two to three weeks in advance.
Do not impose yourself on your children. Some children
require more support while others are happier studying on their own.
This depends on your children's nature. However, let them know that
you're always there to help them.
It is not enough to read up matter. Your children should be able to recall the same in the examination hall. Hold question and answer sessions where you ask them random questions on the subject once they have finished studying.
Prepare a timetable for each child. You can cover
subjects in the order of the examination schedule or you can tackle
difficult subjects first. For younger children,
two to three hours of study a day should suffice. Children in the
secondary and higher secondary classes should study for four or five
hours a day when the exams are due. Alternate languages and practical
subjects like mathematics to minimise boredom.
Especially for older children,
access to question papers from previous years is a must. These may be
available in the school library, with teachers or you can secure them
from the senior students. Have them solve at least one or two papers in
each subject, within the given time limit. This is like a rehearsal and
helps in mitigating exam nerves. It will also give your child an idea
of how much time to allot for each question.
Don't allow your children to stay up or wake up too early.
Make sure that they get at least eight hours of sleep. Inadequate sleep
affects the brain's functioning and will reduce your children's
retention. Discourage use of caffeine or other stimulants to remain
Children these days suffer from as much stress
as adults. Do not pressurise your child ever. Do not entertain
negativity and empower them with confidence if they start moaning about
Create a study-ritual for your children. Encourage them to
use the same place to study everyday, preferably somewhere quiet and
pleasant. The outdoors is a great option as well. Let them be silent
and make a resolve to study well before beginning the session. End
every session with a revision of what has been covered. Set small
goals–one or two chapters or even topics. If they are studying for long
durations, schedule breaks every one or two hours. Let them do what
they like such as go for a walk, meditate or solve a puzzle.
may benefit from group study, especially for subjects that they find
difficult. It is preferable if your child can go to his friends' houses
rather than having them over. This way, he can leave if the session is
proving to be a waste of time.
On the D-Day, wake your children up well in time and serve them a light breakfast.
Set aside time for a disciplined revision. Teach them relaxation
exercises. Ensure that they have their pens and pencils, examination
pad and other necessary items before leaving the house. Wish them luck
and hope for the best!
are a menace only for the unprepared. Be moderately strict with your
children—they'll thank you for it when they come out with flying
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