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Download your free printable 2-page study plan
By June Yong | 16 August 2021
The exams are just around the corner. Many children (and their parents) are beginning to feel the stress and weight of studying for the exams – particularly if they are sitting for major exams like PSLE or O levels.
How can we help our children be better prepared for their papers? One simple way is to create a study plan.
What is a study plan?
A study plan is a visual schedule that has study times and exam dates jotted down in one place. This schedule should include dates of final exams so that it is easy to keep track.
You should work with your child to develop a schedule around one to two months prior to the exams so that there is sufficient time to plan and revise for each subject.
Here is your free 2-page study plan printable (complete with conversation prompts and fun ideas to relax as a family!)
Click on the graphic for an instant download!
Why do you need a study plan?
Creating a study plan allows you to see how much time you have, and helps to ensure that you are setting aside enough time to study for tests.
Having a schedule gives your children a framework for better time management.
Just as an adult needs work-life balance in order to feel purposeful and refreshed, so a child needs school-life balance.
Explain to them the purpose of having a plan and sticking to it, and be available to get them organised and started on the various tasks.
We are so used to using carrots and sticks to motivate them that we sometimes forget that we are our children’s greatest motivators.
So do make time for your child, try to understand how they are feeling, and be around regularly in the weeks leading up to the exams.
When children know that they are loved and appreciated for who they are, and that we are their cheerleaders (not micro-managers!), they will begin to take ownership of their learning journey.
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Friends may have shared the inevitable negative pressures of exam and PSLE preparation on the relationship with their children. Instead of fearing what's ahead, we can equip ourselves to be positive and compassionate in stressful situations, protecting our relationship as our tweens head into adolescence and secondary school. Find out more at our interactive PSLE Special: Empowered to be a Parent-Coach webinar on 9 July 2022!
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