Time to FOCUS on end-of-year exams
Between the study schedules (that your child is not sticking to) and making sure they are well-prepared, it feels as though you are redoing your studies at the same time and patience, concentration and discipline all seem to fly out of the window.
“Once, exam time was about learners making the effort to get good marks, and study, however, with increasing distractions in our technological world, parents are now needing to step in and make sure that their child does the work they are meant to, and prepares for their upcoming exams correctly,” says Mokete Sekhesa brand manager for Turbovite®.
Sekhesa provides the following 5 tips on how parents can help their children prepare for their end-of-year exams:
- Offer them support. Be there when they need you – this is a stressful time for them. Give a kind but firm word when they feel as though all is lost. Remember! You are their parent, not their friend. So you need to make sure that they stay on the right track.
- They are the ones writing the exam – NOT you! There is no need for you to know the teaching syllabus, since you are not the one writing the exam. You need to step back and let them figure out what studying methods work for them – if they don’t do this now, they never will.
- Lack of concentration is one of the biggest issues when it comes to exam preparation. Provide them with a supplement to help them focus. Turbovite® Focus helps to keep their concentration levels up and aids in memory support, increased mental concentration and physical energy. Turbovite® Focus is formulated with active ingredients that give your child the mental support when concentrating is important.* Children from the age of 12 years can use Turbovite® Focus.
- Know that they do need to take breaks. Just as you are tired of forcing them to sit down and study, their brains are also tired from trying to concentrate for a long period of time. They need to take short breaks every now and again, and allow their brains the chance to retain the information they have just learned.
- Encourage healthy snacks. Although the desire to reward your child while studying seems like a good idea, too many unhealthy snacks will have an effect on their study performance. Foods high in Omega 3, fresh fruit and vegetables, and even peanut butter are better substitutes when it comes to exam food. And, don’t forget to keep your child well-hydrated – dehydration can lead to fatigue and lack of concentration.
*Efficacy of support may vary between users.
Get it Joburg West – October 2017