How to help your child prepare for studies.
Final exam fever is upon us and thoughts of excelling can cause panic for both the child and parents. A lot is determined by these exams like moving a grade up, progressing to high school or getting into University. Luckily, parents can make this most dreaded period of studying fun and bearable. Offering the much needed support to a child can make a big difference in their studies and ability to do well.
1. Create a stress free environment at home
A calm, stress free environment can give a great life balance and encourage concentration in a child. Make sure the environment your child is studying from is not physically or emotionally stressful. A clean environment can greatly boost a child’s concentration so encourage your child to keep a clean study area, after all cleanliness is next to Godliness. TV, phones and video games while your child is studying should be kept at minimal or entirely removed to avoid distractions. Lastly, emotionally stressful environments can greatly contribute to your child’s failure so be sure to keep good family vibes during this period. If any conflicts between family members be sure that your child does not witness them. It is the little things that parents often take for granted that can tip a child off balance. Be supportive at all times and not discourage them even if they are average performers, this will do wonders for the child’s ability to study and thrive in exams.
2. Match exam preparations to your child’s learning preferences
Each child responds differently to a type of teaching style and this also applies to when they are studying. There are four types of learners: visual, auditory, reading/writing and kinesthetic. Visual learners prefer learning through seeing in order to link and synthesis information. Make sure to introduce aids like graphs, pictures and/ even videos to make studying understandable. Unlike visual learners, auditory learners rely on hearing information than seeing. Performing quizzes, listening to audios and creating flash cards works best with these ones. Hearing and reciting information aloud helps them remember. So next time you hear your child reading out loud don’t discourage them or shout at them, that is just their style of learning. As you might have guessed, yes! Reading and writing learners, learn through reading and writing. An interaction with text and noting it down is more powerful for them. Preparing quiz questions can also work best with them, but instead of them reciting information out loud encourage them to read and write down the information learnt. Lastly, there is the kinesthetic learner, these are practical individuals. In their study preparations throw in a bit of experiments and physical activity, this will help them synthesize information perfectly. So before you force your child into a type of study style that works best for you, be careful to analyze what type of learner they are so you can provide the appropriate study material.
3. Remain Calm
Just as a stress free environment is important in preparing your child for studies, so is a calm parent. A child can sense a parent when they are flipping out and this causes doubt in your child. It gives off an impression that you do not have confidence in them which will most likely demotivate them. So relax and keep calm, study preparations should be fun so keep it light but educative.