How to prepare your child for online tests

Is your child’s online exam just around the corner? Here’s how you can make sure that he is not stressed out or worried.

By Ananya Subramanian

How to prepare your child for online tests

Writing an exam can be daunting and stressful for a child. The grim silence prevailing in the exam hall combined with the pressure to perform well can give jitters to anyone. This has led many to believe that the stress levels while appearing for online exams is a lot lower. But that’s far from true. On top of the usual exam stress, while giving an online exam, a child is also worried about technological malfunctions. If your child is also appearing for an online exam, here are some tips you can follow to help her.

Before the exam:

  • Preparation is the most important thing your child needs to do before any exam. Make sure he allocates enough time for studies and check whether his coaching is good.
  • Only studying the content of the syllabus will not suffice. Advise your child to also study the exam guidelines, instructions and other materials to familiarise himself with the procedures and patterns of the exam.
  • Set mock tests for him. It is extremely important that you make him take mock tests. This will help him understand how to manage time during the exam. In fact, the more practice tests he takes, the higher will be his confidence during the exam.

During the exam:

  • If your child is taking an online exam from home, turn off gadgets like TV to ensure there is no disturbance.
  • There are some things you can advise her to follow during the exam. For instance, you can ask her to be aware of the ticking clock to make sure that she is advancing in her answers within the time she planned.
  • You can also counsel her to be smart about the way she answers the questions. If she is unsure about certain questions, it is okay to skip those and move on to ones she can answer.
  • In case of a technological glitch, advise her not to panic. Ask her to contact the instructor immediately and take a screenshot of the screen, if possible. When taking an online exam from home, try to ensure that there is someone around who can fix minor technological problems that may arise.

After the exam:

  • Advise your child that once he has finished answering the questions, he should review his answers, provided he has the time. Emphasise to him that rechecking his answers is crucial and he should not skip the revision process.
  • Ask him to assess his performance after he has finished the exam. This is important, as it will help him in similar situations in the future.
  • If he thinks he has not done well and seems dejected, shower him with words of encouragement. You must not let one bad examination steal his self-confidence, so do everything you can to give his morale a boost.
  • Help him move on. Whether the results of the exam are good or bad, he needs to move on and look at what’s next. There will always be other exams to take. And advise him to take inputs from the current one and improve his performance in the next.

Following these guidelines will not only ensure that your child has a better exam experience, but also help her perform well.