How parents can help their kids with exam preparations?

A young boy wearing glasses and a white shirt sits at a desk, preparing for his exam with his mother wearing a sari

An examination is an important way to evaluate a child’s academic performance. It helps parents to know whether their child needs additional help or not. There are several ways parents can prepare their children for examinations. A parent should ideally serve as a facilitator for their kids throughout tests, inspiring and helping them release tension when needed. By being involved in their lives and giving them tips on how to prepare for examinations, a parent can be a key source of support and motivation.

1. Encourage a study schedule –

One of the best ways in which you can help your child prepare for an exam is by encouraging them to create a timetable. Help them break down their time into chunks to study, and also relax. This ensures they not only have time to fully cover all their subjects, and materials but also don’t exert themselves.  

2. Avoid overprotective –

Like any other child in the same age group, your child will also prepare for examinations. However, they must prepare themselves and take exams without any pressure from you, as the parent. It’s important to avoid overprotection as it can lead to feelings of inadequacy and undermine their confidence. To avoid being a helicopter parent you can try and encourage independence, avoid micromanaging their schedule and decisions and most celebrate their successes –whether they’re big or small.

3. Do revisions regularly –

One of the key steps to preparing for examinations effectively is to revise as much as possible. If undertaken without pressure it will reinforce learning, consolidate knowledge, and identify areas that need further attention. The value of being able to revise without pressure is incomparable to a rushed study of subjects, under a deadline. Not only is it counterproductive to the idea of learning, but there’s only so much one can learn in short intervals of time. Teach your child to dedicate a certain amount of time every day for revision.

4. Encourage relaxation –

Kids tend to get tired after preparations and need some rest. Taking breaks and engaging them in fun activities can help relieve stress, and also boost morale. By balancing study with leisure activities, your child can maintain their focus and energy levels, and perform their best on exams. This also helps the brain activate different parts and improve the retention of concepts.

5. Make friends who study well –

By making friends who study well, your child can benefit from positive influences, good study habits, and a supportive study environment, which can help them perform their best on exams. When possible a group study can also encourage them to feel a bit competitive and improve their learning capabilities.

6. Encourage good habits –

Encourage your child to get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well. These habits will improve their overall health and help them focus better during their studies.

7. Offer support –

Let your child know that you are there for them and offer to help with their studies. You must encourage your child before and after their examination. Your positive vibes will make them confident about his preparation level during exam time, thus boosting his self-esteem and self-confidence.

8. Don’t put too much pressure on your child –

Parents must prepare children for examinations, but it is equally important not to put them under too much pressure because they cannot take stress very well at a young age. Children should be taught while preparing themselves for examinations that learning new things doesn’t come in one day; it needs regular practice, which makes you do better every day until the exam comes.

9. Ask questions –

If your child is not clear about something, you must ask them questions about exams. You can help them to build confidence, develop a deeper understanding of the material, and identify areas that need further attention. This can ultimately lead to better performance on exams.

By following these tips, you can help your child prepare for exams effectively and with confidence.