Preparing your Child for Examinations

Preparing our children for examinations is a significant aspect of parenting, particularly when facing milestones like PSLE and O/N Levels. To ensure our children are well-equipped for success, it’s crucial to provide them with comprehensive support and guidance throughout their exam preparation journey. In this guide, we’ll explore key strategies to help parents effectively prepare their children for exams.


Develop a Study Plan with Your Child


Creating a study plan assists your child in prioritising tasks and enables them to track their efforts effectively. For each subject, compile a list of the topics covered in the exam. Next, calculate how much time is needed to revise each topic. Then, work backwards from the date of the exam to see how much time needs to be spent each day to ensure that all topics are covered sufficiently during revision. Do not be too ambitious and add too much to each day. Be realistic about the amount fo time and energy your child has after a full day in school.


Allocate specific time slots for revision, practice, and breaks, ensuring a balance between study and relaxation.


Understand the Exam Format


Review the anticipated exam format provided by your child’s teachers alongside your children and familiarise yourself with them. Understand the types of questions, marking schemes, and exam duration to adequately prepare your child for what to anticipate on exam day.


Additionally, understanding the exam format enables parents to set realistic expectations for their children. By knowing what to expect from the exam, parents can provide encouragement and support that is both realistic and achievable. They can help their children set attainable goals and milestones, track their progress, and celebrate their achievements along the way.


Monitor Your Child’s School Work


Understanding your child’s academic performance plays a pivotal role in exam preparation. If your child consistently performs well in their daily school tasks, exam preparation primarily involves revising what they’ve learned.


Regularly oversee your child’s academic progress by examining their school assignments, quizzes, and test outcomes to pinpoint areas of strength and areas needing improvement. Offer constructive feedback and assistance to aid them in addressing any challenges they may encounter.


However, if they encounter difficulties in their daily academic pursuits, there may be underlying factors to address. Consider the following questions:
  • Is your child completing homework assignments promptly? If not, what obstacles are hindering their progress?
  • Is their workload from school and tuition overwhelming?
  • Does your child have a conducive workspace at home to focus on their homework without disruptions?
  • Are there any other factors impacting their academic performance, such as peer pressure or conflicts with teachers?


Conduct Self-tests to Measure Progress


Research has demonstrated that individuals who engage in regular self-testing exhibit higher rates of information retention compared to those who do not.


Having your child complete practice papers can aid in familiarising them with the examination format and ensuring they can manage their time effectively within the allocated timeframe. Practice papers also assist in identifying areas requiring further revision. It’s advisable to replicate exam conditions when your child attempts these practice papers.


As a parent, you can supervise your child and ensure they are free from distractions while completing each practice paper. Encourage your child to take note of any challenging questions for discussion with their teacher.


Be Encouraging


Encouragement from parents plays a pivotal role in a child’s exam preparation journey. Positive reinforcement and support can significantly impact a child’s confidence, motivation, and overall well-being as they navigate the challenges of exam preparation.


Firstly, parents can create a nurturing and supportive environment at home by acknowledging their child’s efforts and achievements, no matter how small. Celebrating even minor accomplishments boosts their self-esteem and instils a sense of pride in their work, motivating them to continue striving for success.


Moreover, encouragement helps alleviate exam-related stress and anxiety that children may experience. Exams can be daunting for many children, and having a supportive parent who offers reassurance and encouragement can help alleviate their fears. By providing a sense of security and belief in their abilities, parents can help their children approach exams with greater confidence and a positive mindset.


Seek Additional Support


Seeking additional support for your child’s exam preparation can be immensely beneficial in addressing any areas of difficulty or uncertainty. While you, as a parent, can provide guidance and assistance to the best of your ability, sometimes it’s advantageous to enlist the expertise of professionals who can offer targeted support.


Cognitus Academy offers holiday workshops tailored for students who wants the extra boost and reassurance for their upcoming exams. These workshops are specifically designed to complement your child’s learning in school and provide additional practice and reinforcement in areas where they may be struggling, and ultimately help them to achieve and excel their academic goals.


At Cognitus Academy, we are dedicated to providing extra support to help your child achieve their academic goals with our PSLE English and Mathematics Tuition Programmes.


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