Tips for parents:
Stress is a normal part of life.
Some situations, like exams are more stressful.
It is what you do about it that makes a difference to your well-being.
TIME AND SPACE – PLANNING HELPS
CREATE A SCHEDULE
Create a study schedule. Allow yourself enough time to review all the material you need to cover, be sure to schedule in some leisure time too.
WHEN ARE YOU AT YOUR BEST?
Know the time of the day that you study best and plan to tackle your most difficult subjects during that time.
HOW DO YOU LEARN?
When you study, use the method that works best for you- hearing the information, reading it, writing notes.
PREPARE FOR THE EXAM
Prepare for the exam and focus your energy in that area, multiple choice or essay format. Write a practice exam to help you prepare.
YOUR STUDY SPACE MATTERS
When you study, are you distracted by e-mail, TV, video games or your phone? Create a separate study space away from distractions.
Reward yourself with some down-time after a solid study session. You earned it!
GARBAGE IN – GARBAGE OUT
Eat Healthy; Make smart food choices. Remember to drink lots of water.
While Caffeine in cola, coffee or energy drinks can give you a boost in the short term, it can negatively affect your sleep and cause you to feel anxious. It may also affect your ability to focus.
Physical activity, even in small amounts, helps rid of stress. 10 or 20 minutes of being active can clear your head and help you study……and exercise has the added benefit of helping you get a restful sleep.
CATCH ENOUGH ZZZZZs
Your body needs its rest, especially when you are stressed, so try and get enough sleep. Before you go to bed, give yourself some time to relax and get out of study mode.
For every 50 minutes you study, spend 10 minutes moving around. Stretch, go for a walk or play with a pet. Come back refreshed and ready to study.
DON’T FORGET…..YOU HAVE ANOTHER LIFE
Studying is important but so is the other part of your life. You need some down-time, so play sports or watch your favourite show. Then get back to the books.
GET A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP
Cramming all night is not the best way to study. You will do much better on an exam when you are not tired and nodding off.
Give yourself plenty of time to get ready to get to school for exam time, running late will make you panic.
BRING WHAT YOU NEED
Bring all your supplies to the exam, it adds to the feeling of being prepared.
If your stomach is tied up in knots, you may not feel like eating. Try having something nutritious to eat, this will give you energy and help you focus on the exam.
YOU REMEMBER MORE THAN YOU THINK YOU DO
If you can’t remember the answer to a question, don’t panic. Take a deep breath, relax and move on to the next question. Come back to that question later. Sometimes other questions may trigger your memory.
Scan the exam briefly so that you can pace yourself. Take the time to read each question carefully so that you know what is expected in your answer.
Once you have written your exam, don’t fret about what you may have done wrong. You cannot change the outcome, once it is done. Reward yourself by hanging out with friends or relaxing in your favourite activity.