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Tips on how to help your child study for matric exams

Learners of The Settlers School in Bellville ready to write English Paper 1 at the start of the Matric final examinations. Picture: Ian Landsberg.

Learners of The Settlers School in Bellville ready to write English Paper 1 at the start of the Matric final examinations. Picture: Ian Landsberg.

Published Oct 18, 2023


Matric exams are coming up and it can be a great source of stress for many pupils.

This stress can make it even harder for them to focus and can lead to anxiety, and in some cases depression.

It can be hard for a parent to watch their child go through this challenging period, but there are ways that we can in fact help them get through it.

By implementing effective strategies and providing a supportive environment, we can help our children cope better with these crucial exams and empower them to perform their best.

Here are ways you can assist your child to help them cope during this challenging time.

Provide emotional support

During exam time, your child may experience heightened emotions. Be attentive and offer emotional support.

Listen actively to their concerns, try to understand their feelings, and reassure them that you believe in them. Encourage them to come to you with any problems. Be on the lookout for mood changes and talk to them about it.

Help them establish a study routine

Encourage your child to establish a consistent study routine leading up to exams. Plan specific times for studying, breaks, and relaxation.

A well-structured routine helps create a sense of stability and allows your child to manage their time effectively.

Create a quiet space for them to study

If possible, ensure that your child has a quiet and comfortable place to study. Minimise distractions such as noise, clutter, or electronic devices.

A dedicated space will promote concentration and enable your child to focus on studying.

Provide a quiet space. Picture: Pexels Julia M Cameron

Assist them with effective study techniques

Help your child develop effective study techniques that work for them. These can include summarising information, creating flashcards, or practising past exam papers.

Encourage active learning methods like self-quizzing or teaching concepts to someone else.

These are just a few techniques that aid in better retention and understanding of whatever subject they are studying.

Help with their studies where you can. Picture: Freepik/wayhomestudio

Encourage healthier lifestyle habits

Emphasise the importance of a healthy lifestyle during this crucial time.

Try to encourage them to get regular exercise, get enough sleep, and follow a balanced diet.

Physical activity and a good night’s sleep contribute to improved concentration, memory, and overall wellbeing.

Promote stress management

Teach your child a few stress management techniques that could work for them.

These could include something as simple as deep breathing exercises or practising mindfulness.

They have to take regular breaks from studying and use the time to do something that will help them to relax and unwind.

Be realistic

Help your child set realistic expectations regarding their results. Emphasise that their final grades do not determine their worth.

Highlight the importance of effort, personal growth, and learning from mistakes. Be there for them and always encourage them to do their best.