Children usually take exams very seriously. When the exams are coming up, even very naughty children also tend to study their books leaving all fun and non-serious activities. Hard-working children forget even to eat and drink these days. No doubt, the preparation for the exams is important, but children's cheerfulness and joy are important too. Therefore, parents should take special care of their children's physical and mental development during the days of their exams.
As far as the preparation for the exams is concerned, parents, in this matter, should not consider themselves to be free from the responsibility by leaving everything up to children’s teachers, but rather they should also help their children with the preparation for their exams.
Few such points are being presented below by acting upon which parents can help their children with the preparation for their exams:
1 Give them peace of mind and encourage them
Our education system and social attitude have made children very sensitive about their exams and they also suffer from mental stress.
In this situation, it is extremely difficult for children to prepare for their exams, therefore, parents should make them feel relaxed and encourage them and talk to them about the problems they are facing while preparing for their exams and solve them. In this way, children will begin to realize the interest and cooperation of their parents and this realization will give them peace of mind as well as persuade them to work hard further.
2 Make schedule
Together with children set out the timetable which they can also easily follow and prepare for their exams and they do not disturb your routine either. Moreover, prefer morning time as much as possible.
3 The work that has been left due to being absent
Sometimes due to being absent from school, some work of children remain incomplete. Children cannot complete it due to some compulsion or negligence. Parents should try to make their child do his work by himself or make him complete the work by getting the notebook from his classmate so that he may not face any problem in the preparation for his exams.
4 Division of subjects
Give equal importance to all subjects. Do not let them be negligent at all in preparing for any subject after considering it easy. Advise him in this way. O son! It is possible that the question paper of the subject you are considering to be easy may be against your expectations and may trouble you in the examination hall. Of course, give extra time for the preparation of those subjects which are thought to be difficult and revise them over and over again so that you do not forget them later on.
5 Division of book
Make three sections of a textbook.
1 The topics which have been given importance by the teachers of your child.
2 The topics which are expected to be given in the exam/question paper.
If your child prepares for these two parts, his chances of success in the exam will increase.
3 The topics which have slim chances to be given in the exam/question paper.
Children should also be made to prepare for this section besides the two above-mentioned sections. Sometimes due to its revision a child secures a position.
6 Manner of memorization
Prevent your children from cramming. Make it compulsory for them to study lessons attentively by understanding them and memorise them attentively. Moreover, make them write important paragraphs very briefly and in the form of points. It is much better to memorise the lesson after writing once rather than looking it over many times, because one has to be mentally present while writing and the lesson that has been written remains relatively safer in the mind.
An important point
Do not let your children be heedless of the Hereafter exam due to being busy with the worldly exams. Persuade them to keep offering Salah even in these days. Keep persuading them to continue to make Du’a to Allah Almighty for the success in every exam of the world as well as of the Hereafter.
In order to seek further guidance, study the book ‘How to prepare for the exam?’ published by Maktaba-tul-Madinah.