How To Help Your Children Prepare For Exams

Preparing your children for all walks of life will help them understand what to expect and help them to deal with the circumstances. Preparing your children for their first pet dog to preparing them for schooling involves a lot of patience and understanding. Some children might take longer to take the tips on board while others may not fully understand. 

Exams are a part and parcel of every child’s life and helping them prepare will reduce the pressure and help them achieve the best results. If you want to help your children excel in their exams, here is how to help them prepare. 

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Home mock tests

Mock tests are a great way to help your children prepare for their exams. No matter their age, it will help them to prepare for exams so that they know what to expect. 

For instance, if your children are in secondary school it can help to encourage them to complete 11+ mock tests at home will help improve their knowledge and prepare them for exams.

Talk about their worries

Most children will feel slight worry before exams. It is common to get nervous and feel overwhelmed. Your child might bottle up those emotions, which won’t help their nerves. 

Whether or not your children have spoken to you about their worries, it will help to ask them. If you show that you are interested and want to help, then it will encourage them to open up. 

Be their cheerleader

It is common to have doubts when it comes to exam times. Even if your child has done lots of preparation and revision, they may still doubt themselves, which might decrease their confidence. A lack of confidence could hinder the results of your child’s exam. 

Be there for them and cheer them on. It will help them realise that they are capable and can achieve the best results possible. 

Relax them

The more relaxed your children can feel, the better their experience will be. Nerves can overwhelm the mind and impact the results. 

Helping them relax could involve encouraging them to exercise, taking them for a day out, and doing their favourite activities. 

Form good study habits

Helping your child form good study habits will help them revise as much as possible. Although revision can overwhelm the mind with information, it will help the information to stick. The more information your child takes in, the more they will remember for the exam. 

Good study habits involve prioritising studying over socialising and studying at the right times. If a child has a busy day, then it is best not to try and fit studying in. instead, you should help your children choose study days so that they can focus.

Limit screen time

Speaking of habits, spending too much time on screens can help your child focus on their studies. 

Limiting their screen time (on TV, computers, tablets, and phones) will help them spend more time studying and less time-wasting their hours on social media or video games. Although they should have some time on screens or entertaining themselves, it won’t help if it bites into their study time.

Review their past tests

Reviewing their past tests will help you acknowledge what areas of subjects your children struggle with. When you acknowledge their weaknesses, you can help them improve them. 

If your child does not bring their tests home, you can request them from their teachers. Your child may not want to share their tests with you. However, their teachers will be more than happy to share them with you so that you can help your child with studying outside of school. 

Get help from a private tutor

If you lack the time or the knowledge to help your children study outside of school, then you might want to consider hiring a private tutor. 

A private tutor that specialises in the subject that they are struggling with, or need extra help with, will ensure that they can understand the subject better and get the most out of their preparation. 

Set them a sleep schedule

Although you might not want to baby your teenagers, they will need plenty of rest to recuperate for exams. 

Scheduling their sleep pattern will ensure that they get plenty of rest. You could set a time for them to settle down so that they get around 7 to 8 hours of sleep per week. If they refuse or find it useless, educate them on the benefits of sleep and head to bed to settle down at the same time as them.

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