THIS is the final term of the year! It is normal for many to be tired and feel as if they’re approaching the finish line of the Comrades Marathon.
Although the end is in sight the distance already covered in the race may have been significantly challenging.
But the main goal is to finish well!
Cindy Glass, owner of after-school remediation franchise, Step Up Education Centres, has a few points to inspire all of us as we head for the finish line:
- “Just as a runner in the Comrades Marathon would need to motivate him or herself to continue despite being tired, sore and perhaps frustrated or disillusioned, so pupils and parents will need to find positive ways to keep motivated and determined in the face of the anticipated exams and other assessments,” she said.
- Arrange to get exam timetables and the exam scopes as soon as possible. Work with your child in breaking the seemingly overwhelming task of getting through it all into bite-size, manageable pieces.
- Create a daily to-do-list and teach your child to tick off each completed task. This will give them a great sense of accomplishment.
- Get hold of practice tests and past papers. Ask the teachers. These are the BEST tools to use to learn for tests and exams!
- Create a study-friendly environment for your child. Set aside a special place with a desk and chair. Never study on a couch or a bed – the brain will go into sleep-mode! Switch off all distractions like cellphones and the TV during the period of study.
- Before getting started, make sure your child knows what needs to be done during the allotted time. When completed, tick it off!
- Do not forget to factor in time for exercise, healthy eating and rest. These are essential stress busting activities!
- Study tip: The brain is said to remember things seven times better when they are written down! Encourage your child to write down important information while studying.
“Focus on the end line. Encourage your child through your positive outlook on the term ahead and reap the rewards of a more confident, motivated pupil! Go for it!” said Glass.