Study season can be hard for everyone involved. It can be very stressful for your teenager, which can rub off on you and the rest of your family. You may feel a little bit helpless watching them study all day and night, and really out in the hours so they can do their best. But unfortunately, all the hours in the world are not going to make much of a difference if they are not studying efficiently. But that is where you can step in.
As a dutiful parent, you can help your child better prepare for their exams and give them a better chance to absorb all that vital knowledge.
Create a Personal Study Plan
Every child is different, and no one knows your child better than you. Perhaps they absorb knowledge better through video rather than by reading. This may be something you can hello with by buying the appropriate resources. Perhaps you can download a lot of resources on your Kindle. Or maybe they are a visual learner, and some USMLE prep will be advantageous. In addition, it may help if you organized their day and had set breaks and lunches, almost as if you are mirroring a school day. Take a look at the upcoming exams and create a schedule that includes a lot of the topics that are coming up sooner and mixing in some of the later stuff. Change is a great way to help your child not reach burnout, and organization will help them manage stress.
In order for your child to keep to their optimum, they need to be full of healthy foods which boost brainpower. They definitely should not be studying with a grumbling stomach. Choosing the correct foods can increase their awareness and how alert they are. Eggs, nuts, and yogurt are prime brain-boosting examples. Instead of sugary sodas, get some fruit juice or water down them to keep them hydrated, this will stop them from crashing. This can also give you a great excise to get creative in the kitchen.
You want to make sure that your child is also getting enough good quality sleep. Ensure they have a regular pattern that will make it easier to fall asleep and wake normally. If they slept well they will have the energy and enthusiasm to study effectively and take the information in. We all know how awful being tired is. Lethargy just simply is not a good strategy when it comes to learning. If they are stressed and are having difficulty sleeping, maybe making some hot chocolate or warm milk may help. Speak t them and go some way to alleviate their worries. At the end of the day, exams are not life and death. Their well-being is the most important thing.
Yes, this may mean taking away their phone while they are in study mode. They may not like it at the time, but they can focus on the job at hand without it, optimizing their performance. You will also want them to be in a nice quiet room where their siblings will not disturb them. If you have a study, this is the perfect place as their bedrooms may have too many distractions in it.