Tips for Studying
Use these questions to start a conversation NOW with your son/daughter about their upcoming exams!
By asking your child the following questions, you can give them the solutions found below each question!
1. Study Schedule:
“Let’s look at your exam schedule. And now, where is your study schedule?”
-Yes! Your child needs a study schedule!
-When your child has a study schedule this will boost their confidence and reduce pre-exam stress as one knows they are prepared!
-Ensure that there is time built in for fun and relaxation so that your child avoids burning out.
-As well, short breaks during longer study sessions should be built in as short breaks keeps one feeling refreshed.
-One should avoid checking your texts or Facebook, as a few minutes could easily turn into an hour!
2. Learning Style:
“What kind of learner are you?”
-Knowing this will help a child understand how to organize their work and their studying and HOW they should best study! This most likely won’t be the singular way that is “taught” in the classroom.
-If your child does not know how they learn, don’t fear, have them take this very quick quiz. It will automatically tell them their learning style, as well as give them some tips on what that means in terms of their learning. Also, connect with us and we can send you a PDF on what their learning style means in terms of their studying!
3. Study Methods
“What study methods have you used in the past that you found helpful or not helpful?”
-For example, each child, based on their learning style, will want to use a different method to summarizing their classroom notes. A visual learner would want to use illustrations, different coloured pens, a mind map, coloured index cards, highlighters, etc. A auditory learner would want you to sit down and have a conversation with them about the material or perhaps present it over dinner!
-Studying for the right learning style is key. A learner who is visual is not going to be that successful if they just read their textbook and notes over.
4. Food & Water
“What food and drinks do we have or need to help you get through your exam period?”
-Keeping in mind that one shouldn’t drink too much coffee, tea or fizzy drinks and should eat healthily and regularly. Your brain will thank you!
-Also, drugs, alcohol and energy drinks should be avoided.
-Ensuring that there are healthy snacks and water on hand is key!
“How can we build exercise into your schedule?”
– Exercise boosts energy, clears the mind and reduce feelings of stress. Exercise also helps one to feel calm and balanced, improves concentration levels, and helps one to sleep better.
-A highly active child should still go to their regularly scheduled extra- curricular activities! Yoga, pilates, meditation, tai chi or other relaxation techniques are very beneficial. As is, simply going for a walk!
Imagine giving your child the tools to successfully create healthy habits for themselves when going through a stressful time :)! If you’ve followed the above five tips, you’ve done just that!
ps=And unfortunately, we cannot say what the image below does ;)! Even if we feel that way about the subject!