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05/03/2016

Top Tips for Successful Exam Preparation


As this school year comes to a close, we can begin to look forward to the summer vacations. More time with our children and less pressure from classes, school projects, essays and of course the dreaded exams. However, the run-up to vacations can be an incredibly stressful time for your child. Studies have shown that reports of depression in children between 7 and 17 years of age in the United States have more than doubled in recent years. Many experts attribute this huge rise in the pressure that is placed on children to get good grades from a very young age.

But, help is at hand! The Tutoring Center of Frisco has put together this nifty list of tips and tricks that you can use to help your child feel in control and on top of their studying, for stress-free exam preparation.

Create a Perfect 'Study Environment'


While your child is studying for their exams, it is worth finding a nice, calm space in your home that you can dedicate to their studies. A desk and a comfortable chair are essential. Somewhere quiet and far away from distractions such as other siblings or the television is also useful. If you have a home-office, why not suggest a ‘timeshare’ and hand it over to your child for a certain number of hours each day. This will help them to feel supported and provide a perfect environment in which to concentrate.

Write a 'Study Timetable'


With kids nowadays expected to complete so many assignments and study for so many exams simultaneously, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Writing a study timetable can help your child to know what topic to study and when. This can help them to feel more empowered and reduce their stress levels.

Has your child been struggling with exam stress? Have you noticed that they are falling behind their classmates, or seem to struggle in certain classes? Extra support is available with tutoring classes near Frisco, TX. Call The Tutoring Center of Frisco today at (469) 213 8655 to find out more about the benefits of tutoring classes near Frisco, TX.

Use Visual Aids


Many educational psychologists recommend incorporating visual aids when preparing for exams. These can be anything, from diagrams and flow charts, to pictures and ‘mind maps’. Mind maps are said to be particularly useful as they help the brain to visually organize concepts – encouraging idea production and creativity, as well as stimulating memory.

Take Regular Breaks


Remember to incorporate plenty of time for breaks into your child’s study schedule. Our levels of concentration and ability to retain information decrease drastically after spending more than one hour on a task. Ideally, your child should take a 15-minute break every hour to relax their brain and invigorate their body by taking a walk, jumping on a trampoline or doing any other kind of movement that will raise their heart rate.

Prepare by Practicing Using Old Exams


Practicing old exam papers with the same time constraints is a great way to get used to the format of the exam, and ultimately feel more confident on exam day. It also allows your child to work through questions that could come up on the exam and identify any areas of weakness in which they should focus their studies.

Get Together in a 'Study Group'


Studying with others is often really helpful, as some students will be better at certain topics than others and vice-versa, so everyone can benefit from each other’s knowledge. Why not invite your child’s classmates around for a ‘study group’? Provide snacks and drinks so that it feels like a fun social event.

Prioritize Sleep


If your child is not getting enough sleep at night, he or she may not be able to concentrate during the day. Sleep deprivation also inhibits memory functions. This will inevitably affect exam performance. Make sure to prioritize sleep and ensure that your child has enough time in bed to be getting at least 8 hours sleep a night. Doing relaxing activities such as watching TV or reading for an hour before going to bed can help your child to unwind after a long day of studying.

Every Child Can Benefit from Tutoring Classes near Frisco, TX

If your child is in need of some extra support, look no further! The Tutoring Center of Frisco has an excellent range of one-to-one tutoring classes near Frisco, TX which can help your child reach their potential. Call today at (469) 213 8655 to find out more or book a free consultation.

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