3. Create Test Conditions at Home
Stamina and focus are two key factors which come into play during an examination. Many children who have sufficient background knowledge can still stumble if they lose focus or have not been trained in building up their stamina.
Time management is of the essence and it is important to teach your child not to spend too long thinking about how to solve a question. When faced with a very difficult question, a good rule of thumb is to skip the question, finish the others after it, and then to go back to this question later.
So, what can you do?
As your child attempts the practice papers that you assign at home, try to simulate examination conditions.
Time your child according to the examination schedule and provide a quiet environment free from distractions—especially electronic devices. Make sure that family members are not talking on the phone, watching the television, or playing video games. If you are able to, assume the role of an examination invigilator to make sure your child is on task and not mindlessly staring into space or being distracted by others or objects in the room (at this point, even staring at a pen is sometimes considered interesting to them).
Doing regular timed practices will help children learn to pace themselves and develop stamina for long-running examinations. Repeated practices also help them retain information better.
When completed, try to mark the examination paper yourself so that your child does not get a look at the answers. Then, have your child analyse the examination paper to figure out what went wrong or why certain questions were answered incorrectly. Being able to spot one’s own errors is a way to revise and reinforce learnt concepts. If in doubt, consult your child’s teacher who will be more than happy to help.
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