The end of the year is approaching, which means the year-end exams are approaching quickly. Around this time, you and your child may be experiencing some anxiety. Although worries are understandable, it’s important to remember that your child has put in a lot of effort during the year. They have spent the past year studying and absorbing, sitting for practice tests and exams, and correcting their errors, so they are well accustomed to the rigors of preparing for a big year-end exam
The final leg of this marathon, however, still remains a critical time. Spent well it could bring your child into a zone of laser focus, fully prepared to take on the examinations.
Maximize learning with smart revision methods
You want to boost your child’s confidence throughout the last phases of revision while also ensuring that they have completely internalized the various concepts. This is the time to reach out to them utilizing their preferred learning mode, whether it’s audiobooks for aural learners or mind maps for visual learners.
Additionally, making proper use of the remaining time by testing what your child knows and filling in any gaps will assure academic brilliance. We outline three tactics you can use based on well-researched psychological ideas.
1. Use effective retrieval techniques
One of the most efficient techniques of learning and revising is to test your youngster. The process of recalling material learned is known as retrieval practice, and it is a potent tool for acquiring knowledge and ensuring long-term retention. This strategy has two advantages: it gives your child confidence in what they already know and it allows them to remedy any faults or gaps they may have.
You don’t have to limit yourself to practice tests. Recap topical units with your child by having them write, draw, or tell you everything they remember. Pointers can also be reduced into flashcards, which you can use to improve retrieval. This testing cycle should be repeated numerous times in order to improve accuracy.
2. Improve learning with the spacing effect
We need to be exposed to information on a regular basis in order for it to stay fresh in our memories. This can be accomplished by going over the content in daily intervals. The spacing effect refers to how much repetition aids internalization and memorization.
After researching the learning and forgetting curves, German psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus discovered this. Help them make a study plan and schedule a few topics from a subject over a few days, and then help them revise the information and become familiar with it so they can master it with confidence.
3. Understand your child’s learning style
Each student, according to the VARK model, has a unique learning style and fits into one of four categories: visual, auditory, reading/writing, and kinesthetic. Understanding where your child fits in and how they best absorb information can help you and your child avoid hassles and appreciate the stuff they’re learning. Condense the study content into the best medium possible during the last several weeks before the exams
Visual learners benefit from visuals and symbols such as flowcharts, graphs, and models. Because read/write learners absorb information primarily through text, printed notes and placards are ideal. Kinesthetic learners prefer hands-on learning and would appreciate having verbal iterations with you to go over the topics.
Revise with your child and be a pillar of support
You may feel compelled, like any other concerned parent in Singapore, to emphasize the importance of preparation just before the exams. It could be your way of encouraging them to give it their all. Refrain from doing so since it will simply overwhelm your youngster and make them feel paralyzed by terror. You want to be as helpful as possible, leading them through the last stages of their exam preparation. Be a motivator for them and instill confidence in them so that they can focus, persevere, and ace their exams. Give your child the help he or she needs to succeed in the exams.