Exam times are stressful not only for children but everyone around them. One of the first steps parents must take to tackle anxiety and stress related to exams is to ensure that their kids are getting enough sleep. Getting adequate sleep is highly essential during exams as it helps children focus, retain, and recall information better. Here are some tips to help parents improve and enhance their child’s time-management skills, attention span, and confidence before and during exams.
Most students study late nights trying to stuff too much information into a mind that is already drowsy and sleepy. This approach is an ineffective way to attain maximum retention of information. Rather than staying up late to study it is better to sleep at sensible hours and wake up early. This sleep-pattern enhances the ability of the mind to store and retrieve information. In short, students must follow the pattern of Study-Sleep-Revise for maximum retention and recall of data.
Television, Video Games, Mobile Phones, and other similar recreational devices hinder relaxation of mind and body. Make sure your children are not using any of these devices at least an hour before bedtime. It is advisable to ban these devices completely from your child’s bedroom during exams to ensure a better Sleep Hygiene.
A child's energy is usually under-utilised during exams due to lack of physical activities like playing out-doors or sports. This hampers their possibility of getting a good night's sleep during exams. To expend this excess energy parents must engage their children in some physical activity for an hour at least like going for a walk or playing outdoor games. This will help break monotony and ensure that when they get back to studying they are more attentive and alert. It will also help them sleep peacefully at night.
Eating healthy has a major role in improving brains capability to absorb and retain information. Include healthy protein rich foods like eggs, almonds, walnuts, and fruits as snacks between meals. Avoid cookies, cakes, chocolates, and sugary soft drinks as they are high on energy, difficult to digest, and disrupt sleep hygiene. Light meals at the right time will guarantee your child's overall well-being during exams.
While a good night's sleep is vital for your body and mind to perform their best the next day, good posture while studying amplifies the brains ability to retain and recall information. Good posture helps reduce anxiety and improve learning abilities. Maintaining a straight back and shoulder while studying helps boost memory, as in this posture the circulation of blood and oxygen to the brain is better. There are some who also say that walking around slowly or skipping while studying also helps retain and recall better. Narrow postures like slouched shoulders, lying down or looking down while studying must be avoided as they induce a feeling of being sleepy, helpless, and unhappy.
Parents must therefore not only focus on inculcating good Sleep Hygiene but also look at other aspects such as the child's eating habits and body posture to ensure better health and performance during exams.