The end of the school year is approaching fast. Can you believe it? Where did the time go? However before you and your family begin the summer festivities, your child has to make it through finals. In this blog we’ll talk about some tips that you can pass on to young learners that will help them get through exam time as successfully and stress-free as possible.
- Start studying early. Throughout the history of the world, students across the globe have perfected the art of procrastinating and then cramming right before the test. Or have they? Over the years, numerous studies have shown that cramming may be effective for remembering information in the short-term, but not so much for long-term learning. If you notice that your child avoids studying, try to engage him or her in creating a productive learning environment.
- Ask questions. At least a week before finals, teachers often begin review sessions in class. These sessions are the perfect time to ask those last-minute questions before the exams. That said, teachers are always willing to answer a politely-asked question, whether it is finals time or not. If your child is uncomfortable asking in front of the class, suggest that he or she approach the teacher once the class is over.
- Organize/Attend a group study session. Study groups are a great way to share knowledge and help each other out. In this resource on the Education Corner website, the author talks about how studying together helps with learning (for example, sharing insights, covering more material, and making learning fun) and gives tips on how to do it effectively. The tips are particularly important because as most of us know, it’s very easy for a group to go from productive fun to just good ol’ plain fun. Help your child learn techniques for keeping a study group focused.
- Create a study guide. It’s very likely that teachers will start providing study guides for the exams, and you should definitely encourage your child to use them. In addition, it is a great idea for students to make their own guide that focuses on the materials they need to study most. This will help your child to read through and organize notes and ideas, and the guide will make a great resource if the teacher allows the use of notes on the test.
- Don’t panic. They’ve been studying and doing great all year — there’s nothing to worry about. Try not to pass your stress on to your child; remind them to eat healthy and take regular breaks from studying (especially when you can tell that they’re feeling overwhelmed or unfocused).
We know that you, as parents, want the best for your children and that exam time can be difficult for you too. However, we know that you will be there for them during this time just as you always have been. As finals approach for your young learner, be sure to stay positive and encouraging without adding any additional pressure. After all, your child’s desire to get good grades is based on making you proud as well as on self-motivation.
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