Preparations for exams

2017-11-08 06:00
Prabashnee Pillai-Naidoo.PHOTO: supplied

Prabashnee Pillai-Naidoo.PHOTO: supplied

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EXAMS are a stressful time. This covers all levels - teachers, parents or caregivers and those writing them.

Term 4 is one of the busiest in the academic year, which means we have to be organised, mentally alert, physically healthy and equipped to face challenges within the next few weeks.

This column will assist in preparing for the exam period.

Preparation is key. To be well organised and have a study timetable is essential. To prepare reading over notes, working out examples and summarising will also help.

The more examples and activities a pupil works on, the more confident and able they will be. This preparation relates to proper time management.

In order to prepare in advance one needs to use time wisely. Drawing up a timetable is a good step, but following through with proper time management and making sure pupils adhere to the times set is essential.

A healthy diet, exercise and adequate sleep will provide the basis for the body to function at its peak. Having a healthy breakfast, and small, but healthy meals throughout the day feeds the body and the brain.

Almonds and berries boost brain power and immunity for the body. Moderate exercise gives pupils the opportunity to take a break from studying and exercise releases endorphins and stimulates the mind.

Sleep is so important, last-minute cramming will not help, so rather prepare beforehand and get adequate sleep in order to function at optimal level.

Powerful affirmations cannot be underestimated. In order to progress, one has to have a positive and confident mind set.

Telling oneself “I will relax during the exam” will encourage the mind to believe it and will act accordingly. Positive affirmation will rewire the mind for easy recall of information. Pupils should begin reciting positive affirmations before the exam period.

Parental support is essential. As much as parents are busy with their responsibilities, it is essential for them to play an active role in their child’s day during and before exams.

Just by offering support, preparing healthy home-cooked meals, and creating a positive and happy environment in the home will help the pupils feel comfortable, loved and supported.

There is a need for additional support and love during the stressful exam period, so parents and caregivers must provide this, and more, during this time. Just by listening or offering a hug and words of support will make a world of difference.

Here’s wishing pupils well over the exam period.

- Prabashnee Pillai-Naidoo

About the author

Columnist Prabashnee Pillai-Naidoo is a teacher, an entrepreneur and public relations practitioner. She has served in the Umlazi circuit for over a decade. As a mother, she understands the pressures faced by pupils and as a teacher understands the dynamics of the classroom and curriculum.

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