• Know your concentration span, study with breaks
  • Work out best time for concentration
  • Group study for difficult subjects.
  • Do NOT let previous results discourage you -identify your weak
    areas from previous exams and work on them.
  • Make a Time Management Plan for all subjects.
  • Choose a study place with minimum distractions.
  • Try to coincide study time with the time, you would be giving an
  • In case of average achievers, master what you know and are
    comfortable with.
  • For low achievers: master the essential information first.
  • Prioritize the workload. Give your best concentration time to the
    toughest subject.
  • Repeat your learnt work to make recall easier. Work not repeated or
    revised is easily forgotten.
  • Plan your revision time by drawing up a timetable.
  • Build in time for the things you enjoy (watching your favourite TV
    programme, going out with friends, or playing soccer.
  • Give yourself a treat - pamper yourself with a long hot bath, or listen
    to your favourite music after you’ve finished revision.
  • Relax with what you know before entering the exam hall.
  • Do not get anxious about the result - cross that bridge when you
    come to it.
  • To avoid a stress situation for your child, provide constructive and
    supportive motivation and a conducive environment.
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  • Good schooling and tuition are not substitutes for emotional
  • Help your child to maintain his/her confidence especially when s/he
    seems discouraged by dropping marks or grades. Do not burden
    your child with your anxiety.
  • The achievement goals should be realistically set according to your
    child's capability.
  • Do not mix academic issues with family conflicts.
  • Praise your child when s/he does well. Encourage your child's
    performance with positive statements like, "well done", “you did your
    best" “I’m sure you’ll pick it up next time” rather than saying "that
    was not enough"
  • Work out our child's schedule with him/her instead of nagging
    him/her. There could be learning problems.
  • Do NOT harp on pervious failures or results
  • Under-achievement may be due to your child believing it is safer not
    to try, than to try and fail.
  • If achievement expectations are too high some children would
    prefer to be criticized for being lazy rather than being considered not
    good enough.
  • Humour relieves tension. Be light and humorous with the child.
  • Try to gain your child's confidence and discuss his/her problems
    with him/her, help your child to find solutions.
  • Exams are not the end of the world.
  • Accept that expectation for everyone to do well is unrealistic as
    many won't pursue studying long-term.
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