"When it comes to the education of our children, failure is not an option."
- President George W Bush, download the full document here...
All parents agree with this statement and are determined to provide enriching experiences to fulfill the needs of their children Unfortunately preparing for exams may not be the most pleasant experience, but it is certainly necessary for all students. Eventually, the skills learned in this exercise transform into strategies for success in life. There are two different sets of popular strategies: (i) general support for educational activities and (ii) specific exam preparation.
General Support for Educational Activities
- Provide a stable, loving environment.
- Discuss what went on at school several times a week.
- Play games with them that encourage academic skills.
- Reward them for achievements, but avoid bribing them.
- Model good work habits when you bring tasks home.
- Model how to relax, and help your children to take time for this activity.
- Involve your child in outside interests such as sports, drama club, writers workshop, science lab experiences.
- Make yourself available to help with any school projects or areas of difficulty.
- If working with your child is fraught with problems, hire a competent tutor.
- Have a library full of books in your home, coupled with a quiet time for reading & followed up with a discussion of specific books.
- Enhance their education by watching documentaries, providing educational trips to the zoo, science center or historic buildings.
- In moments of stress, remind your child that they are worthy, even if they are struggling with some concepts, maintain a positive attitude.
- Ask for a homework buddy from the classroom; they may be able to provide essential details that your child may have missed about ways to learn the material.
Specific Exam Preparation
The secret to doing well in exams lies in planning according to the BBC.
- Be available for ongoing homework support.
- Ask your child to see if you can support them on a regular basis.
- Keep in touch with their teacher, be open to suggestions for review.
- Teach good study skills.
- Study in smaller chunks and take breaks.
- Review the work on a regular basis, at least once a week.
- Make short study notes of important points.
- Ask if the teacher provided any sample questions or extra help.
- Encourage study groups in your home for older children.
- Take care of your child's health during the exam periods.
- Make sure they get a good night's sleep.
- Suggest exercise before they study to clear the mind.
- Provide healthy snacks and lots of water.
- Encourage such as surprise positive notes, supportive comments and special considerations such as a ride to school so they can clear their mind, just before the exam.
Why it is neccessary to support children to pass exams?
In addition to raising their sense of pride and achievement, it is popular belief that children who are supported and prepared are generally motivated to do well in other things of life since, exam preparation skills are transferable to other life skills such as planning to get into a desired profession and ultimately landing a desired career.