Put It To The Test
Survive exam season with these pro tips
SLEEP RIGHT Make sure your child gets plenty of rest before the test, to improve their chances of getting an A. For optimal performance, most 6 to 8-year-olds need 11 hours of sleep, while 9 to 10-year-olds need closer to 10 hours.
FUEL UP On test day, fuel your child’s brain with a healthy breakfast. Studies show that kids who eat a healthy breakfast make fewer errors on tests. Choose a combination of protein, carbs and fats to ensure he or she gets a well-rounded meal.
ASSERT CONFIDENCE Always support and encourage your child to boost their confidence. Exams are a stressful time for all children and they can get understandably jittery before the big day. Put them at ease by providing positive feedback and celebrating their successes with them.
PLAN AN ATTACK Talk over some testtaking strategies with your child. Some helpful reminders include: •Read and re-read the question carefully before answering •If you are stuck, move on to the next question, and return to tackle the problem later •Check over your answers for clarity, spelling and grammar
HOT OR COLD? The environment your child finds themselves in could account for a lot. Some exam halls are cold, while others are hot. Make sure your child wears multiple layers of clothing, so he’s comfortable no matter what the room conditions are.
MUNCH TIME Pack a small, nutritious snack your child can munch on between tests, as he may not have time to eat properly. A fruit-and-nut bar is a brain-boosting food that’s also easy to eat.
TIMING MATTERS Always make sure your child is on time for their exams: Better yet, be early! Prepare their school essentials the night before (stationery, jacket, snacks and extras like a calculator) so you don’t forget to include anything crucial that they may need for the exam.
MISSION COMPLETED Discuss the test with your child when they get home. How did they find it? What did they struggle with? What did they find easy? This will make it an evaluative experience for them, which will help them formulate a better strategy for their exams in future.
PROUD MAMA Try to praise your child, even if he or she comes home feeling dejected after an exam. Tell your kids how proud you are of them for taking the test, and remind them of how exams are often not easy even for grown adults.
RECOUP & REGROUP Once you receive your child’s results, discuss them. Talk about their strengths and weaknesses, and discuss ways that you can help them improve. Avoid talking to your child’s peers and other parents about the results, as this is not an exercise in comparison.