Exam season will always be a stressful time for any student. The challenge brought on by remote learning–which has been the norm for many schools and other learning institutes to this day–only adds to the pressure as there is the need to adjust to a new learning style quickly.
Regardless of how the world changes, the importance of education remains unchanged, and so there is no stopping the need for academic growth and the exams that drive it.
Due to the fear of failure or, for some, failing to meet parental expectations, many students become particularly stressed when preparing for exams.
Of course, stress is not all that bad. It can be necessary at minute levels but having too much of it will negatively affect your child’s mental and physical health and ultimately affect their performance during the actual test. As such, parents should be proactive in managing their child’s stress, and here are a few tips on how to deal with it.
1. Plan, Prepare, Study
Exams are generally announced early to give students enough time to prepare. Therefore, try to offer a helping hand to see if your child needs the extra help to prepare and plan.
Having a study plan helps organise their schedule and ensures that they properly divide their focus into all the subjects to be covered. The following steps serve as a general guideline:
- Reserve enough study time for each subject based on their skill level.
- Make time for focused studies, question and answer, practice tests, and other learning methodologies necessary.
- Test your child on what they already know, such as their exams in previous years. This is an excellent activity to build their confidence and help them recognise the areas they need to improve on.
- If the plan is not working well enough, revise it until the right one sticks.
2. Make time for breaks, exercise, and entertainment
The human mind cannot function for hours on end, so making time for purposeful rest and breaks (around 5-60 minutes) is crucial to refresh your child’s brain and body, increasing productivity, energy, and focus. Adding exercise through sports and similar activities is also an excellent way to keep their stress in check.
When they need to take a break will depend on each child’s capacity: some have a shorter attention span, while others can study for longer hours. As someone who knows them best, help them find the right balance so that they can break the monotony.
3. Know where their strengths and weaknesses lie
Everyone has their academic shortcomings. If your child has difficulty with a particular topic or subject, help them overcome where they fall short. Besides teaching them personally, consider enrolling them for tuition lessons at Mavis Tutorial Centre in Singapore.
With the help of our full-time tutors, many of whom are ex-MOE teachers, your child can quickly grasp the key concepts of the subject and apply them to challenging questions, thanks to our exciting and engaging teaching methods.
4. Ensure they eat well and get enough sleep
That discipline observed in one’s studies should extend into your child’s daily life activities, like eating and sleeping. Feeling tired and hazy will not do your child any favours on the day of the exam.
Getting enough rest instead of burning the midnight oil helps students to be energised for the following day and gives their minds enough time to refresh.
Speaking of which, on the day of the exam, it is recommended that your child to eat something light and easily digestible to avoid problems when sitting for the exam.
5. Remember that exam results are not everything
Parents and their children should remember this simple fact: exam results are not everything. Performing well is what any parent would want for their child, but they need to keep in mind that failure is not the end of life.
Failure should be seen as an essential lesson to learn from and improve on for future exams. The last thing that would help any student improve is if they or their parents see it in a negative light and unnecessarily dwell on the matter.
Stress is a normal part of everyone’s lives. For students, the difficulty of their exams and the fear of failure may prove to be overwhelming. Therefore, parents should do what they can to help them manage stress during exams to ensure they are prepared and be in their best form on the day of the examination.
As touched on above, being fully prepared is one of the best ways for students to defeat stress and take exams with confidence. At Mavis Tutorial Centre, commitment, innovation, and professionalism come together in our teaching philosophy and methodology to help students from Primary 1 to JC 2 get ready for their exams and provide the confidence they need to succeed.