Put It To The Test

Sur­vive exam sea­son with th­ese pro tips

Singapore Women's Weekly (Singapore) - - CONTENTS - BY NATALYA MOLOK


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.

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