How to ease stress of Year 12’ s test­ing times

Townsville Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE -

Msome­thing along the lines of, “so, what is your plan for this af­ter­noon’s ses­sion?” The aim is to get her to say some­thing like, ” I’m fin­ish­ing my English as­sess­ment”.

Then check in with her half way through to see if she is ac­tu­ally do­ing it. When done, get her to ac­tu­ally cross it off the list.

Work on one item at a time. When it comes to ex­ams she needs to do the same with par­tic­u­lar chap­ters of each sub­ject not just gen­er­ally say ” I am go­ing to study English”. Then cross them off. This is learn­ing to pri­ori­tise and keep to task.

As a par­ent, make sure she has healthy real food, ex­er­cises daily and gets solid sleep through­out the next four months.

All of th­ese three will set her brain up to re­mem­ber the best she can, ev­ery­thing she has man­aged to re­vise.

We know that one bad night’s sleep leads to brain fog the next day and is bad for her im­mune sys­tem.

So look af­ter her health. Re­mem­ber and re­mind her too that it doesn’t end at the end of Year 12. Iit is only one step­ping stone to the fu­ture, there is more to come, so ex­haust­ing her­self isn’t the aim. Email ques­tions to aboutababy@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au. Nicole Pierotti is a child psy­chol­o­gist who is an ex­pert in help­ing solve sleep prob­lems. Call 4724 2600 or go to babysmiles. com. au

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