How parents help children to do well in exams?
Not just a few, but most children find it difficult to manage time, stress and many other factors in the exam period without the help of parents and family members.
Every parent would want their children to complete each exam successfully, although, sometimes this is almost impossible. If you want your child to be successful and you want to help them achieve this success, then follow the steps below:
- Help them in time management
Time management is a problem students often face. They have a lot of work to do, starting with the school tasks, homework, exams, and other extracurricular activities. This affects the way they work, which is usually unstructured, unplanned, and chaotic.
As a parent, you can support your child by helping them make a schedule, especially during finals. This helps them to make use of their time. So, it is important to support and understand where your child is lacking in school, so you can help them to easily manage their difficulties.
- Stay close to them
You should stay close to them not only physically, but also emotionally. This has positive effects on children because, usually, students are confronted with anxiety and pressure during their final exams.
During this time, it would be good if you cancel all your plans and commit to your child fully. You should be available every time they need you. Also, be aware of their emotional state. But, also, keep in mind to give them the space they need.
- Monitor their progress
Weekly evaluations help in children’s progress and you can also identify their weaknesses. Motivate your child to do regular assessments and practice the past exam questions. Make sure they finish the test on time, so they can feel the time pressure just as in school.
- Motivate them with rewards
Your children will do better if you set targets for their successful tasks and reward every finished target. You can use everything that can motivate your child, like for example, a new dress, a ticket to a game etc. Avoid punishments because they manifest fear and negativity to your child.
- Discuss exam strategies with them
Studies show that 6 from 10 students do not pay attention to their exam strategy and the results are not as expected. Therefore, it is good if you advise your child to prepare a strategy, for example, in which questions should they answer first, how to split time between different sections, etc.? It’s good if you advise your child to first answer the difficult sections.
- Keep them off “entertainment”
Every student has something they like to do, like making conversation with their best friends through social media. All you have to do is identify which of the activities has a negative impact on them. It’s not necessary to force your child to completely give up on all entertainment, it’s enough to keep him/her off the negative ones.
- Stay close to them after the exams
Post-exam period is very important, the children usually need to share their feelings, fears, and anxiety they have about exams and results. Even if they didn’t do well on an exam, they need support and compliments.
- Monitor and identify any warning sign
No matter how well a student is prepared, they will always be nervous during an exam and worried about the results. Anxiety to an extent is normal, but if your child uses statements like “I can’t do it” or “I’m a failure”, then this condition is something to worry about.
There are some other signs that reflect their worry, even extreme ones like loss of appetite, disordered sleep, bad mood, loss of patience etc., that can show that your child is not feeling okay. Take this under control. If you notice strange behavior or change it is time to intervene. Talk and help them to pass this kind of situation they’re in.
Finally, every child is different from others and no one knows your child better than you. It is good to help your child with the exam preparations, but you should know where to stop. If your child thinks you are getting too involved with his/her life, talk openly to understand the requirements that they have and to give them the space they want.