One of the things that may cause parents to worry when the child has started their primary school education is the exam period. It becomes a challenge for parents to ensure that their children can pass all the phases of school years with good results. Making the child accustomed to discipline in terms of learning will be an important asset for the child as they grow to become adults.
When facing school exams, parents may observe some behavioural changes in the child. This is understandable, as they may feel nervous or even stressed. Some behavioural changes that may occur include irritability, becoming more sensitive, manic behaviour, or lack of interest in activities that they usually enjoy. This does not close the possibility of the child to experience difficulties in expressing their feelings, so parents should be extra cautious in identifying these changes.
So, is there anything that parents can do to help their children face exams in school? The following preparation strategies can be attempted:
When feeling anxious about something, children usually require additional attention from their parents. Ask the child about their concerns and what can be done to overcome those. Accompany the child when they are studying and provide them with support. Parents should also remind them that studying will benefit them in the future.
Parents can work together with the child in planning a complete exam schedule with the topics that will be discussed. Encourage the child to revise their lessons after school, and suggest them to create a summary with important information for each exam topic.
Parents should pay attention to the learning style of the child. Are they visual learners (enjoys reading text or viewing images), auditory learners (enjoys listening to explanations from other individuals), or tactile-kinesthetic (requires real objects as learning aids)? Identify the learning style most suitable for the child in order to maximize their learning process.
During the exam period, ensure that the schedule of the child is not too packed. Accustom the child to study with the correct position, such as in the sitting position at the study desk. Maintain their focus by providing a quiet and comfortable room.
Ensure that the child obtains adequate sleep. Generally, children aged 6-8 years old requires 11 hours of sleep in a day, whereas those aged 9-10 years requires 10 hours. Serve various healthy foods, particularly for breakfast, such as eggs or fruits.
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