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How To Plan Your Child's Last Week Revision For Board Exams?

Swapna Nair
11 to 16 years

Created by Swapna Nair
Updated on Feb 27, 2018

How To Plan Your Childs Last Week Revision For Board Exams
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The Board exams are round the corner. This is a period of high stress and anxiety. By now hoping that your child is on track with revision let me suggest what can be done towards the end of the revision period.

  1. Syllabus covered-

    by the last week your child ought to have revised all the subjects and the contents
  2. Nothing new-

    One should not try to learn or revise anything ignored so far or try out a new concept or step
  3. Strengthen the old-

    Revision is for strengthening the concepts that the child already knows. Hence parents ought not to stress them at the last minute
  4. Mock papers-

    Going through mock papers and working out some portions of it during the last minute will be helpful. The child ought to have worked out mock exams prior to the last week, maintaining the same time and atmosphere as that of an actual exam
  5. Glance through the notes, flow charts that has already been done
  6. Go through equations and formulae
  7. Have a look at diagrams
  8. Keep exam stationery (pens, pencils, erasers, ruler, geometry box) ready. Test the new pens, pencils and erasers. Buy 4 pens at least so that they do not run out of ink. Keep the stationery in a clear bag preferably
  9. Take copies of the identity card. Keep one in the bag, one in the cupboard and one set with parents. Laminating the copy would be a good idea
  10. Check the exam pad/ clipboard that the child will be taking. It should have a smooth or even surface. There should be no picture or wordings to distract. Have a plain, simple one for the board exam
  11. Keep clean sets of uniform, shoes/sandals ready
  12. Arrange the text books and notebooks according to the exam timetable. Hence the first exam books to be on top of the pile
  13. Keep a shelf cleared–

    here the books of the exam that gets over will go
  14. The room/study table should now be free of clutter
  15. Visit places of worship early in the week if it is mandatory. Do not disturb during the exam week
  16. Sleep-wake routine-

    It is very important to maintain the sleep-wake routine as per the exam timetable. This last week the child has to sleep and wake up as he/she would wake up on the exam day
  17. Sleep hours-

    A minimum of 7 hours of sleep is compulsory. Do not encourage your child sit up late. What one reads at night is processed better during one’s sleep. Your child will be able to retrieve from memory better
  18. Foods to be avoided-

    It is wise to stay away from oily, greasy, fast food a month before exams. It is best to stay away from outside food during this period too. Chips, wafers, carbonated beverages, tea/coffee to stay awake have to be avoided
  19. Home food-

    provide healthy home cooked food. During this period provide nutritious snacks too. Include fruits and dry fruits
  20. Water-

    They have to drink plenty of water to remain hydrated. A hydrated brain and body works better
  21. Entertainment-

    If you have to watch TV then keep the volume low. Sometimes your child will want to sneak at a program, do not shoo him/her away. Allow 10-15 minutes of relaxation. Some children like to have the music on. Guide them on having melodious instrumental than songs as lyrics can distract. Sometimes children may not listen to us; if so it is wise to keep a tab on time and gently remind them to get back to their desks. During the last week, if your child has done good revision, then it is alright if they want to relax with music or TV for short duration
  22. Family time-

    Have dinners together- as much as possible at least one parent should have meals together. Use this time to motivate and encourage. Appreciate if you have seen their good effort. Do not nag or criticise. Have a few light moments. Assure them of your support always. Listen to their fears and worries. Be reassuring. Do not brush away their fears. Guide them to think of alternatives. The fear of failure will loom large. Analyse their revision and effort. Then help them to think rationally. Do not force your expectations and dreams on them. Your child should know that whatever happens you are there for him/here
  23. Home atmosphere-

    Maintain a harmonious and peaceful atmosphere. If you are the anxious sort then find ways to relax and be calm. If you and your spouse do not get along well or if you and your in laws do not get on well, then this is not the time to ruin the peace at home. Keep away all strife/quarrels during exam time. A peaceful and relaxed atmosphere will ensure that your child remains calm and composed too
  24. Take care not to entertain visitors during this phase. Often visitors impose their own views and stress the child. Take care not to allow any sick person coming in contact with you or your child as far as possible. Immunity may be lower due to the exam stress
  25. Keep away from very cold/ very hot foods during this time. It would be wise not to allow children to experiment in the kitchen during this phase. It may be common for some to heat water, slice a fruit or fix a cup of milk. During this phase it is best they keep away from the kitchen
  26. 10 % RULE-

    how ever well one prepares, one has to be prepared for the 10% rule- strict correction, unusual questions etc. So if they have aimed for 90, they would get around 80%. One has to be practical is it not!
  27. During the last week, make a trip to the venue. Calculate the time required to travel. This will help in being ahead of schedule on the first day of the exam
  28. Shut out all unnecessary noise-

    discourage any friends discussing what they have studied as are honest and it leads to more confusion and last minute stress. What has been studied is good enough. Nothing can be done at the last minute
  29. Teach your child to take deep breaths. Deep breathing will help in clearing the mind
  30. Do not send your child on empty stomach to the exam centre. Even if he/she is too stressed to eat offer them something light. Avoid heavy breakfast on the morning of the exam

So there you go! All the best to you and your child.

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| Feb 27, 2018

well written

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| Feb 28, 2018

power packed 30 handy tips to curb exam related stress. thanks for sharing Swapna Nair Ma'am

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