With exams fast approaching, now is a good time to go over strategies for dealing with end-of-year exam nerves and boosting your child’s confidence!
Make sure you are aware of your child’s exam dates. Make a note of them on your calendar. Knowing how much time your child needs to prepare will allow you and your child to properly schedule study times and reduce the likelihood of your child becoming overwhelmed.
Encourage your child to study at a desk while sitting upright in a supportive chair in a quiet environment. Even though it is more comfortable, studying in bed is less effective!
Adequate sleep is critical, especially when studying for exams. Sleep is beneficial to both the body and the mind. When you sleep, your heart rate slows, breathing rate slows, body temperature drops, and muscles relax, all of which aid in energy conservation. Sleep also provides an opportunity for the brain to heal itself.
A diet high in whole grains (oats, brown rice, wheat bread), omega-3 fatty acids (fatty fish, nuts and seeds, avocado), and vitamins (eggs, leafy greens) has been shown to improve brain function and development, as well as concentration.
Things to remember on the big day: