One of the biggest problems school children face is forgetting what they have studied. All the students in a class are taught the same way by the same teacher; they follow the same text book; they also write their exams based on the same question paper. So, why is it that all of them don’t get the same kind of marks? There are several reasons for this, but the most common and important one is that many children just don’t remember what they have studied. Even a good student who puts in a lot of effort and hard work might end up getting low marks in the exams because he has forgotten what he has learnt.
So, as parents, how can you help your child overcome this problem? We spoke to some teachers and here are 10 tips they suggested for your child:
1. Remember keywords: When your child cannot recollect what she has studied, she will find it difficult to write a proper answer in the exam. To fix this problem, make her note down some keywords for each answer and keep them in mind. When she is about to write the answer, she will have to just recall the keywords. Then, she will be able to write the whole answer without forgetting.
2. Read thoroughly: Ensure that your child cultivates the habit of reading his lessons daily at home. He should revise thoroughly whatever was taught at school that day. This will help him to easily understand the lesson and also remember it well.
3. Write it out: Your child should practise writing out the answers when she is preparing for the exams. Writing an answer once is equal to reading it several times. It will help her remember the answers without any problem during the examinations.
4. Get doubts cleared: If the teacher is teaching a lesson and your child has a doubt, encourage him to get it cleared by the teacher right away, however small it might be. Not doing that will only result in his not being able to understand the lesson properly. Discussing the lesson with classmates will also help.
5. Read repeatedly: One of the best ways for children to remember what they study is by reading the same lesson several times. Help your child prepare a chart for reading the lessons at regular intervals, so that she revises each lesson properly. She will have no problem then in remembering the answers during an exam.
6. Proper diet and rest: It’s very important that children eat nutritious food, especially during exams. This will help in proper metabolism, thereby promoting memory and alertness. Get your child to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, and avoid junk food. Also, make sure he gets the right amount of rest and sleep. Most importantly, help him to learn to relax, and not to have any fear of exams.
7. Become a teacher: To understand and remember lessons properly, you can get your child to occasionally play the role of a teacher and teach her friends. She can do this when the children sit together for group study.
8. Have discussions with friends: Sometimes, children may be overconfident and feel they have studied everything. But there are chances that they might forget what they have studied while writing their exams. To prevent this from happening, ask your child to discuss the lessons with friends during group study sessions. In this way, the lessons will get registered easily in his mind.
9. Build confidence: Help your child build her self-confidence by making her repeatedly tell herself that she will understand and remember her lessons easily and write the answers properly in the exams. Most children fail to do well in exams because of lack of confidence. Once this is sorted out, exams will definitely be a cakewalk.
10. Prepare a flow chart: Sit with your child and help him prepare flow charts for all the lessons, incorporating the important concepts. As your child goes through these flow charts and keywords, it will be easy for him to recall the content of the lessons. It’s a great way to remember what he has studied.
As parents, these are ways in which you can help your child overcome any difficulty she may face during exams. They will ensure that she comes out with flying colours.