Primary 6 Prep
1 CULTIVATE SELFMOTIVATION Encourage your children to develop hobbies that don’t relate to their studies. “If they have a reason to finish their work on time, it will give them the incentive to work smart. Also get them to set achievable targets and reward them with positive comments,” says Anita. 2 TEACH YOUR CHILD TO MANAGE STRESS WELL • Remind him to breathe. Ask him to close his eyes for a few minutes and take slow, deep breaths whenever he feels stressed. If need be, get him to do a physical activity to take his mind off his studies for a bit. Squeezing a stress ball may also work, especially for kinaesthetic learners who crave bodily movements while studying. • Let him practise mental relaxation. “Tell your child: ‘Think of a place, either real or imaginary. Close your eyes and make your mind go blank. Imagine that there’s a movie screen at the back of your eyelids. Project images and sounds onto it using your senses, to ease yourself into total relaxation. Remember these images and feelings.’ Your kid can practise this three times a day for the first month and subsequently once a day or as often as needed,” suggests Alan.