Can you believe we are nearing the end of the school year already!
While the holidays are in sight, the kids still need to get through their final year exams. I attended such a great workshop with Alyssa earlier this year so I thought I’d share some study tips to help your child prepare for exams.
The Study Skills workshop we attended was incredibly useful and the tips we learned were both from a parent and student perspective, so I think you will find this useful. I will also share some additional resources that I’ve come across.
Study Tips To Help Your Child Prepare For Exams
Designated Study Space
Having a designated study space is important. Choose a space in the home where it is quiet, fresh air, suitable furniture and the right temperature. Have a clear desk with just the required books, stationery and laptop if needed.
No studying on the bed!
Put together a realistic study timetable weeks prior to the examinations and ensure there is adequate time to prepare for each subject.
Have a clock in the room so the child can track the time. You could also print out a clock, laminate it and stick it on the wall next to the clock to mark the time when the study session will end.
For a full day of preparation, study sessions should consist of 45 minutes study time, 15 minute break. 45 minutes study time, 15 minute break. 45 minutes study time, 30 minute break.
Before the child starts the study session, do a few minutes of brain exercises to get ready and alert for the session. Exercises such as Palm Stretch, Finger Fight, Antennae Adjuster, Temporal Adjuster, Temporal Toner, Visual Workouts and Power on are great!
This is such a great channel to follow on YouTube as well!
Pen and Paper
Make use of big pages, coloured pens and pencils (no yellow for obvious reasons). For children in younger grades, written study notes are best as they are still working on spelling. For the older kids, pictures may be a good way to remember certain concepts.
Mind maps are diagrams used to visually organize information into a hierarchy, showing relationships among pieces of the whole. There are various ways of doing mind maps but essentially you start by putting your main topic in the middle of the page. Add all the key words, concepts and ideas you can think of around the topic. Identify the main categories and circle them and then draw lines to show which items fit into each category. You can use different coloured pens and visuals to help make it clear what is in the same category.
Good Sleep is essential
We all know this but developing good sleep habits is essential for so many things, especially for learning. Morning exams often start early so try encourage your child to get to bed early so they can rise and feel ready to take on the exam!
Hope you find these tips useful to support your child during the examinations.