We realize that our education system is very exam oriented already (yes, yes the Sibal commission is on its way to change some of this). And of course we understand that the real learning is more important. But let us face it, exams can help parents and kids review and learn together, are a way of assessing learning and they are an important form of art and a big reality these days. You cannot avoid them! Oops I digress, this is another topic of discussion. Now about the real thing:
You and your child have been slogging for the big exam week and you want to ensure that your child attacks the exam in the best possible way. We have some pointers or rather reminders for your child. We asked some teachers and veteran parents and got some simple common sense oriented but useful tips. Btw, these are different from the tips for exams article. These are more pre-exam pointers for your child.
So keep drilling these 8 commandments in your child’s head. And do not forget to remind them yet again on the morning of the big day.
1) Before the exam, make sure you have used the toilet and are not thirsty. Else you will be uncomfortable and will not be able to focus.
2) Do your best. Remember it will be over soon.
3) Make sure that you read the questions correctly. Otherwise you will unnecessarily goof-up. For example do not get mixed up between ascending/descending, addition/subtraction etc.
4) After you complete and have time, do revise and ensure
a. You have not left out anything.
b. You have done questions correctly.
5) If you do not understand the question, ask the teacher. The teacher will explain the question better. Of course the answer is for you to tackle.
6) If you do not know a question, just leave it. Do mark it and you can come back to it later.
7) If you do not know how to do something, do not get flustered and dejected. Keep cool. Being calm and cool will help you tackle the other questions better. A “Alll is well” (from the 3 Idiots movie) nudge to your heart is necessary at this point.
8) And have fun doing the exam.
Do not forget to give them a big mama bear hug before they leave. Mama’s jadoo ki jhappi can do wonders. ;-)