7 Tips For Parents with their Kids’ Upcoming Major Exams

As the major exams such as the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) or GCE ‘O’ Levels approach, aside from students, parents will experience their share of anxiety – hoping to help their child excel, and managing with the impending stress that comes with taking this important paper.

Here are seven tips you can follow as a parent to help your child who will be dealing with the upcoming major exams!

1. Let Your Child Have Enough Sleep and Rest

No matter how tempting it is to let your kid burn the midnight oil and toil on endlessly over past papers for the exams, it’s never wise for them to do so.

Quite frankly speaking, attempts to do any last minute revision a day before the exams will do little to no good for your child; they won’t be able to absorb much information anyway. It is important for them to inculcate a regular revision and practice schedule. Studies have shown that lack of rest can lead to negative effects on memory and increase in stress levels. Your child’s mood will be affected, in addition to the lack of rest – this can cause increased restlessness and irritability to your kids.

Parents can set aside a fixed time for studying every day and help you kids to sleep on the dot. Ample rest is beneficial for great productivity and concentration for the next day.

2. Identify and Create a Realistic Study Timetable or Schedule For Your Child to Follow

Parents should be able to identify strengths and weaknesses your child in their academics. Do a break down of which subjects require more time and practice for your child to grasp key concepts, and dictate how much time is needed for your child personally to absorb the information.

Take for example subjects such as Mathematics and Science – These subjects primarily require your child to practice repetitively for complete comprehension and understanding so that they are able to apply key concepts. So, figure out how much time your child needs to master these concepts, and ensure that they practice it daily. The ideal period should only last up to 2 hours, maximum, per day, even if the child is not strong in the above mentioned subjects.

3. Personalise Your Child’s Studying Techniques for More Effective Learning

As parents, it’s important to take your child’s learning style into consideration when they are studying. What mediums or materials do they tend to favour more as they study or revise? Is he or she a visual, auditory, reading/writing or kinesthetic learner? Knowing your child’s conscious and subconscious preferences when it comes to learning will allow you to facilitate a more enjoyable revision session for them.

This will enable your child to be “accepting” towards learning the subject, including the ones that your child may not particularly enjoy.

If your child is a visual learner, you may want to source for more visual-reliant study materials and notes.

If he or she is a kinaesthetic learner, you can invest in a fidget cube or healthy candy of sorts (think sugar free or organic gummies!) for your child to busy themselves with while learning.

You child may also be an auditory learner. These kids particularly enjoy audiobooks and can absorb information better with hearing.

With our LeJourney app, you can do a simple profiling for your child on our app to better analyse the learning style of your child. With the learner created, we then calibrate and pick out the schools and classes best suited for your child based on their characteristics and traits. This match is possible via our machine learning technology – which ensures maximum learning effectiveness for your child for every lesson and class!

4. Invest and Prepare Healthy Meals or Supplements for Your Child

By this, we don’t mean you should rely solely on the miracles of chicken essence daily to make your child smarter. The rationale and logic behind making your child ingest in healthy meals or supplements rather than readily-available preservative-filled junk food is so that they remain alert whilst revising. Studies have shown that children who have a diet high in junk food tended to be more ‘hyperactive’ than those who did not. This can cause them to have a lack of focus in general, and a have poorer ability to concentrate on a task at hand.

Invest and take the time to prepare healthy meals and supplements so that they can concentrate better and have more stamina when it comes to studying and retaining information.

5. Motivate Your Child with Little Rewards During Preparation

Celebrate the little goals of your child! This is to inculcate the positive thinking in them. Do keep in mind to not be overly indulgent in your rewards – take your child’s interests into account, the rewards can be as simple as 30 minutes of free playtime on their favourite game console, a scrumptious meal at their favourite dining outlet or a trip to the zoo!

6. Get In Touch With Teachers and Stay Updated About the Examination Requirements

Parents can opt to help ease the burden their children during this crazy study period by getting in touch and staying updated about their children’s progress from their teachers in school. We’re not expecting you to be an all-out ‘helicopter parent’, but one that knows just enough to see which topics your child needs extra help in, and help them with it at home.

Another method for parents to be aware of are the examination requirements, an example is the needed stationery during the exam. You can let your child find joy in this by shopping for stationery that suits their liking – in terms of pattern and design. It acts as a form of stress relief, as well as a tiny form of encouragement as they use it to write their answers on the papers.

7. Be Encouraging and Engaging Towards Your Child with Exams Approaching

Putting all of the above tips aside, parents should also make an effort in ensuring that their child’s state of mind is in order, too. This means taking the time to talk to your child, learning how they feel about the upcoming papers. Also addressing their anxieties.

Help them to manage the expectations that you have for them, as well as their own by communicating with them. By doing so, you may instil confidence in them too.

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