Updated: Dec 31, 2019
Taking an exam can be a nerve-racking experience for a young student. Students of all ages tend to worry about achieving poor grades. Examinations are a way of measuring how well and much a student has learned during a given period. To ensure a child is performing at their peak during their examination, there are many factors to take into account.
According to the Centres of Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, children aged 6 to 12 years require a minimum of 9 hours of sleep every day. This ensures that your child has adequate rest for mental development. Not only does sufficient sleep help retain memory but, helps your child recall what they have studied. Insufficient sleep can lead to difficulties paying attention, which in turn may affect their ability to function optimally during their examination(s). It is highly recommended that you ensure your child has adequate sleep the night before their examination.
Last minute revision
The day before the exam, should be a day of rest. If you or your child feels that there is a need to revise, do not let them do new questions. Doing new work may add additional stress to your child which is highly advised against, both by experienced teachers and researchers. Rather, go through your child’s old work and run through their mistakes with them. Help them understand why they made those mistakes and how to correct them, as to not make them again during the examination
Research has shown that parents have a significant influence on their children. Although you may be worried about how your child will fair in their examination, it is crucial to remain calm especially the day before his or her examination. Parents can very easily convey their anxiety to their children, which tends to make the child even more worried, hence not being able to concentrate on their final revision and even during the examination. Therefore, it is critical that you remain calm and project a tone of positivity and encouragement regardless of how you feel.
If you have ensured your child's consistency in his or her work throughout the semester, there is no need to worry. Rather, if your child does poorly, you could arrange a meeting with their teachers and find out why your child is not achieving better grades. Then, make appropriate adjustments to fit your child's learning style and prepare for the next examination. Improvement does not come over night. Parents and child will have to work as a team and over time, improvement will follow.