The school term for second term break is drawing to a close as kids have started or about to start their Examination. . How well are your children prepared? Examinations are important milestones in your children’s school life. 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.
How can you ensure that your child is well prepared? Here are a few things you can do to help them prepare:-
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 it’s for two hours.
-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. Do not compare a child’s reading ability to another. Let them read at their own pace.
-Read and revise with them. Reading by themselves isn’t enough. Helping them to revise can speed up their assimilating ability.
-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 older children in secondary schools, access to question papers from previous years is a must. Have them solve at least one or two papers in each subject, within the given time limit.
–Let your kids get adequate amount of sleep, at least for eight hours. These days, children suffer from as much stress as adults. Inadequate sleep affects the brain’s functioning and will reduce your children’s retention ability.
–Create a study-ritual for your children. Encourage them to use the same place to study everyday, preferably somewhere quiet and pleasant.
Parents should note that “bribing” children to do well in exams with cash or gifts to achieve good grades isn’t a good idea. It only implies that the only worthwhile reward for hard work is money and that you don’t trust your child to work hard.
Be strict with your children, they’ll appreciate you for it when they come out with flying colours.