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Five study tips to get your child through exam season

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The academic year is coming to an end, and that means only one thing: For tens of thousands of students across the country, it’s time to prepare for those dreaded final exams.

The workload and schedule can seem overwhelming, especially for senior students. But with a proper schedule and some smart study strategies, your child can achieve great results, says Nkuli Gamede, principal at Centennial Schools. Here are his top five tips to help students study more effectively. 

Have a plan

A study plan helps your child focus on the large volumes of content they need to get through in a short amount of time. It’s not only a timetable but a strategy that helps them allocate the necessary time each subject requires. If they’re struggling with a certain subject, a study plan allows them to focus more of their time and attention to ensure they are comfortable with the work before the exam.

Organise the study space

By creating an uncluttered and organised space to study, your child will limit distractions and make the best use of their time by starting on their work straight away. Make sure they have all their study material in a central place so they don’t have to search for it. Keep chargers for devices close by. Help them colour-code their study notes to access these faster. It all adds up to more effective studying.

Take breaks 

Research shows that taking short breaks from studying helps your child re-energise and refocus for the next batch of study material they need to get through. These breaks boost their energy levels and increase their ability to focus. And don’t overlook the power of a good night’s sleep – it can have a major impact on mood and grades.

Practise, practise, practise

Everyone has their own study methods that work for them, but by consistently tackling questions and rewriting previous exam papers, your child will become able to practise difficult questions consistently. Over time, these questions become easier.

Feed your body and your mind

A balanced and nutritious diet will not only help with your child’s physical health, but will also support their mood, energy and learning. Healthy eating leads to better concentration and improved memory. So lose the sugary energy drinks and salty chips, and let them enjoy more fruit, yoghurt and lean protein like chicken or nuts. 

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