A Checklist That Highlights Important Steps To Take Before Your Child’s Exams.

Tests and exams are methods for teachers and schools to track what their students know, and learnt so far in classes. Exams and tests also are ways to find out what students are lacking or not knowledgeable about. Taking such tests and exams allows students to learn strong and effective study skills.
It is through tests and exams, where children learn from their errors, learn how to be prepared or handle the unknown (e.g. pop quizzes) in an academic, education setting.

Exams are tests aren’t for just track records or results…

These exams play a major in Singapore’s school and education system. Students average grade points will in the end eventually affect the type of schools they will or can attend to, and importantly the type of courses or undergraduate studies they are qualified to take.

A better prepared parent, a better prepared child…

As most parents and students know, there are many standardized tests and exams throughout the school year, and your child’s teacher may spend some time in classes on test preparation in between the school year.

Children will learn better through regular practice and preparations, and when parents take the extra initiative to help and better assist their kids before any of such examinations, their children in return will feel better equipped and ready to handle these exams!

Checklist needed? Checked!

Not sure where to start and the proper steps to take for your child, when exams come creeping around the corner every time? Well, here at tutionfindersg have complied down a useful checklist that will guide and help you stay on track with your child’s tests and examinations.

  1. Know your child’s entire major tests, and exams schedule as early as possible.

· Find out in each term when (dates) are these examinations held, so you can put a reminder to be more intensive for a significant amount of time before the important tests and exams.
· Once the schedule of the examinations or the notice of the test is out and given to your child, make sure to make extra copies, for your partner and your child. Use the extra copies and pin the timetables on a board or kitchen where everyone can see it.

  • This will effectively remind your child and you the times where they have to present at the exam halls.

  1. Planning before the exams for more effective and intensive revisions. Dos and dont’ts!

· It is highly recommended that parents do ‘initial learning’ during another lesson to strengthen your child’s memory of what they have learnt and study.

  • Example: If the student went through the subject topic for the first time, make sure they review early the next day when they resume their study session.

  • This will be an effective intensive approach come exam periods. However, it will be very stressful and take a toll on your child. Follow these following exercises to reinforce and reenergize your little hardworking study bug!

· From the start of your child’s day, for their well-being and making sure they have a good start, remind them to:

  • Stand on their toes and stretch.
  • Close their eyes, and breathe deeply (Counting to 10 in and out 7)
  • Children should do these few times a day, in-between from being stuck on desk studying. Parents could join in the fun too!

· DO take a short 10-minute break after their meals.
· And DO stop studying 10 minutes before their meals.

  • This allows them to catch a breather, relax, focus on digesting a bit, before diving back into the books.

· DO NOT be stuck studying for long periods at a time without having a decent break, even if you and your child thinks there’s too much to cover at one go.

· DO NOT let your child study the same subject in one huge go!

  • It is much better for them to study 1-2 topics from each subject, and then switch to another subject, and if possible back again to the previous. This back to back will help your child be more alert when studying, and help them in concentrating more!

· DO importantly plan your child to finish their revision at least a few days before their exams. Obviously we DO NOT want any last minute cramping which might panic a student.

  1. A checklist of the daily requirements for each exam.

A checklist within a checklist, does sounds kind of counterintuitive? We dont’t think so in this case.
Make sure you check each morning before you leave for work that your daughter or son is fully prepared for the exams for the day.
· Check their school bags or even better pack it with or for them the things that are needed

  • Extra pen and pencils, the proper writing instruments.
  • Rulers, erasers, calculators, may seem like a given but such little items when not there or are missing, causes unnecessary panics, stresses especially distractions during the exam.
  • It might be such an obvious thing but even as adults we do forget our reading glasses countless of times, yes?
  • Making sure your child does not forget their glasses will be extremely helpful when it comes to reading all the fonts from their exam papers.

  1. It is crucial to know & remember the 3Rs- Review, Revise & Recall.

· Review the current subjects.
Write down the important points or lookout for what your child’s teacher highlighted during his or her lesson.

  • This can allow you to help your kid in areas that are crucial or difficult for her.
  • If there is a particular subject or area where they struggle in, this ‘review’ step might help overcome some of that difficulty.
  • Do know that are many workbooks out there that targets exam preparations by offering practice exercises and questions similar to the ones used in the examinations.

· Carefully revise the lessons!

  • Making sure they understand what the key points highlighted means, and if they are still unsure, always get help, from their teacher, tuition teachers, study group, friends or refer to other workbooks.

· And then recall. (And nope, we dont’t mean “Total Recall”, yes pun intended!)

§ Make sure your child has written down and condense the important points of the topic/subject. When they feel like they have a good grasp of the subject, after all that strategize studying, let’s put them to a trial test before the actual test.
§ Your child should apply what they have learnt with exercises and mock exams.

  • Check their answers and works thoroughly, and revisit that topic in the next study lesson.

Of course being academically prepared does not work at its best if your child’s well-being is not take care of. Listen and talk to them at the end of the day, be present and attentive during such stressful periods.
Never sleep late during this period, especially the eve of the papers.
Help them maintain a very balanced routine, organized study schedules, get proper rest in-between. A good night’s sleep, no studying 1 hour before bed time, as this will improve your child’s examination performance.

Watch what they eat!
During this period, many tend to lean towards very unhealthy snacks and junk food during their revisions. As parents try to help them avoid that as much as possible because everything that you eat or drink affects your child’s mental sharpness, and level of performance, especially during such a difficult time.
Adding more nutritious foods and drinks to your child’s daily diet will give them the extra boost!

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