Exam time is upon us! If you have seen Gracie’s video on Facebook about being stressed and you aren’t alone feeling this way, you know it’s a pretty stressful time in our household. If you haven’t seen it, make sure you follow us on Facebook at Well Balanced Life.
Here are a few study tips from Gracie and I:
Make or buy cue cards. Write the word on one side, definition on the other. If your child is a visual learner, write each card in a different colour. They may not only remember the definition but the colour it was written in! (The colour helps them remember).
Take your child’s favourite song and change the lyrics to teach them the topic! You don’t have to be a great singer!
Use bitmojis, favourite characters or whatever they are obsessed or fascinated with and be creative! How can you incorporate the one thing they think about the most into a learning experience?
Practice writing a test. Don’t forget to include, and teach if needed, the different types of questions – multiple choice, matching, short answer and essay questions.
Here are some things to think about and discuss with the teacher:
Does your child need extra time, less questions or a quiet space to write?
Can you chunk the test/exam into shorter “mini tests” and write it over more than one day?
If your child/student gets overwhelmed just by seeing so many questions on one page, can you cut the paper into strips and allow them to do a few at a time, with short breaks in between if needed?
Does your child do better writing their answer, having someone scribe for them or verbally giving the answers?
Can they write with their favourite writing tool whether that is a pen, pencil, markers, technology, crayons, etc?
Can your child have an open book or “cheat sheet” for more difficult tests?
What happens if they fail or do poorly on their test/exam? Can they have a rewrite opportunity?
If your child is creative, can they do an art piece to show what they know?
If your child/student is able to get their knowledge known to you, does it really matter how they present it?
If you are unsure what works best for you child/student, ASK THEM! If they can communicate… ask them! Some kids are great at knowing exactly what they need and how they learn best.
And if the school can’t accommodate them, ask them to create an IEP (Individual Education Plan). If they already have one, go over it and gently remind them what needs to be accommodated or modified.
Wishing you all the best on your studying and exam writing! As Gracie says “YOU ARE NOT ALONE!” And as I say “YOU GOT THIS!”
Mel & Grace