Exam times have started and can be extremely stressful, not just for the kids, but for their parents too. However, smart study techniques can help your kids comprehend, learn, retain and reproduce material with relatively less trouble. The point here is that, parents have to try to not let the exam pressure deter their kids from focusing on preparing for the crucial days.
Below are some tips for the parents whose kids are taking or are going to appear for exams:-
1. Create the right atmosphere
Before your child begins studying, ensure that his/her study room or space has the right atmosphere. Advice them to use a study table instead of sitting on their bed to prevent restlessness.
While students tend to sleep less as exams approach,it is advisable to get at least 7 hours of sleep every night. Good rest ensures better absorption and retention of information. Ensure that they do not watch TV or listen to music while studying as it leads to loss of attention.
2. Concentration exercises
While it is natural for students to get a little nervous during exams, some simple everyday exercises and activities will help them concentrate better. They can start by listening to instrumental music for 15 minutes a day.
Remind your child to take 5-10 minutes breaks after every 45 minutes of rigorous learning.
When learning new concepts, advice them against taking in excess information.
Before they start a new chapter, tell them to skim through the text once to get an idea on what the chapter is about.
Parents can help them in highlighting important words and phrases. This helps build lasting visual memory of concepts learned. Creating flow charts and graphics will also help them recall diverse concepts.
Apart from these, simple breathing exercises help ease stress. Listening to music, having a light and healthy snack or going for a short walk, are also helpful. This will help them to refresh and focus on studying.
4. Be wise and revise
Studies suggest that people begin to forget what they have learned within 24 hours of studying. As the week passes by, more is forgotten. Hence, devising a revision plan can be very helpful in keeping a record of what they have learnt.
Students need to read their notes regularly and highlight important information while revising.
Parents need to remember and remind the same to their children, that exams are nothing but an evaluation process to assess how much the student has learnt during the year. While it is important that the student studies well for her exam, parents should keep in mind that once in a while, every student scores low marks. In that case, it is best to discuss the subject with their teachers and ask them to help your kid understand better.
The article has been written by Dr.Samir Parekh and first appeared in the ‘Education Times’.
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