How to Help Children Study for Exams

Mother helping her children study for exams

Help Your Children Study for Exams

When exams draw near, stress and anxiety begins to build up. As a parent, you would like your children to succeed by doing their best and supporting them through this stressful time will encourage and motivate them. By preparing for exams ahead of time – you’re able to relieve stress for you and your children during this period.

Here are 5 effective tips to help your children study for exams:

  1. Prepare for Exams Early

Once your children have received their exam dates, you can help organise their schedules. Write how many exams they have, what dates they’re on and then organise study times accordingly. Pray together about the preparation.

It’s good to ask your children which subjects they are uncomfortable with so you can create more time for that subject. For example, if your child feels like he/she needs to study more for Maths – make sure you add an extra time to the study schedule.

  1. Quiz Your Children

For a more interesting way to keep your children engaged and focused, you can quiz them on their knowledge. Ask them questions about the subject topics and allow them to answer. This will help clear their mind and highlight any areas your child needs more work in.

You can use Quizlet, an online flashcard tool, to help you children create flashcards or games to help them study certain topics. This is a fun alternative to usual study methods.

  1. Take Regular Breaks

When your children spend the whole day studying, it takes a high level of concentration and focus. If they study for too long, this can be counterproductive. Ensure your children are getting enough breaks in between so they’re not frustrated or being ineffective.

One productivity method is the 52:17 ratio. According to a study, the most productive people work 52 minutes at a time then break for 17 minutes before getting back to work.

Everyone’s different so help your children to find what works best for them. For example, if they work best in the morning, take a break midday to go for a walk or get some sunshine. This helps refresh their mind and de-stress.

  1. Get Plenty of Rest

It’s a stressful time for your children. If they feel unprepared, they might want to stay up for long hours in the night studying. But it’s important to make sure your children get a good night’s sleep of at least 7-8 hours. This will help them be more effective on exam day.

  1. Eat Well and Drink Lots of Water

Ensure your children are hydrated because it’s essential for the brain to work at its best. Try to avoid high fat and high sugar foods because it can impact your energy levels. Instead, provide your children with nutritious meals throughout the day, breakfast being the most important one.

Here are some healthy breakfast ideas:

  • Eggs with veggies (i.e spinach, broccoli)
  • Peanut Butter on Wholegrain Toast with Fruits (e.g. bananas, avocados)
  • Yoghurt with Fruits (e.g. blueberries, raspberries)

No need to fret! These studying tips will help your children prepare for any exam. As a parent, it’s important to continuously motivate and encourage your children to persevere through every situation, giving thanks to God and seeking His guidance and strength.

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