Streaming issues? Report here
CapeTalk logo 2017 1500 x 1500
Best of Talk
00:00 - 03:00
volume_up
volume_mute

Up Next: Weekend Early
See full line-up
Best of Talk
00:00 - 03:00
Home
arrow_forward
Lifestyle

Minimise school kids' exam stress by helping them prepare early

7 September 2019 12:58 PM
Tags:
Matric exams
Nikki Bush
exam season in south africa
preparing for exams
study tips
exam stress
Parenting expert Nikki Bush shares valuable tips on getting exam-fit.

Exam stress is likely to put any household under pressure, so how do we best help children to cope? One important safeguard, is not leaving preparation to the last minute.

That's why 702's Refiloe Mpakanyane decided to raise the topic with parenting expert Nikki Bush, while school exams are still some way off.

Bush says it all hinges on how the brain works - the information we're processing needs time and repetition to move from short-term- to long-term memory.

When we're studying, the objective is to get that information into long-term memory, to file it in such a way that when we need to access it in a test or an exam, we can do so.

Nikki Bush, Parenting expert

Leaving studying to the last minute she confirms, puts the brain, and the human being, under an intense amount of anxiety and stress.

When children are feeling overwhelmed and anxious, they get under pressure and they get a case of analysis paralysis, they don't know where to start...

Nikki Bush, Parenting expert

Schoolchildren - especially matric students - also suffer under societal expectations which give the impression their whole lives ultimately depend on their exam results.

RELATED: Dear parents: principal pens heartfelt letter to parents before exams

ALSO RELATED: Encouragement for failed matrics - don't give up and 'just try again'

Sticking to a routine amid all this pressure, is key.

Your normal, daily routine is important. Don't change the routine - wake up and go to bed and eat meals at the same time.

Nikki Bush, Parenting expert

Bush notes that the established extra-mural routine grinding to a halt during exam time is also disruptive, especially for matrics before their prelims.

She advises getting regular physical exercise in other ways.

Get yourself into the gym, on a regular basis if not a daily basis to give your body a workout, but most importantly to keep those endorphins flowing through your system, because they will keep you calm.

Nikki Bush, Parenting expert

Bush also stresses the need to break study time up into chunks with sufficient breaks, and to practise working against the clock.

Doing past papers, especially if you're in Grade 11 or 12, is very important to become exam-fit.

Nikki Bush, Parenting expert

For more tips on alleviating exam stress through thorough preparation, click on the link below:


This article first appeared on 702 : Minimise school kids' exam stress by helping them prepare early


7 September 2019 12:58 PM
Tags:
Matric exams
Nikki Bush
exam season in south africa
preparing for exams
study tips
exam stress

More from Lifestyle

'Meeting a child's basic needs drastically reduces the need to discipline'

21 September 2019 4:10 PM

Nikki Bush says the word 'punishment' needs to be replaced with the term 'management' and provides appropriate parenting tips.

Read More arrow_forward

Audi Q8 'marries elegance and practicality', but it comes at a price

21 September 2019 3:25 PM

'Large and in-charge' - Motoring journalist Naresh Maharaj rates Audi's new luxury SUV offering.

Read More arrow_forward

[WATCH] Guinness World Record holder creates salt portrait of 702 host Refiloe

21 September 2019 2:02 PM

Percy Maimela's known as a salt artist, but last week he switched to the medium of coffee to set a new Guinness World Record.

Read More arrow_forward

Enjoy your braai with healthy, heart-smart options

21 September 2019 12:50 PM

Jan Braai weighs in on the braai edition of 'Cooking from the Heart', launched in time for Heritage Day.

Read More arrow_forward

How to best save and invest for your children

20 September 2019 3:08 PM

Personal finance advisor Warren Ingram has advice for parents wanting to ensure an excellent education for their kids.

Read More arrow_forward

4 things you should never say if you want to get rich

20 September 2019 2:01 PM

Don’t ever say or, worse, believe any of these wealth-destroying platitudes, implores personal finance expert Warren Ingram.

Read More arrow_forward

Why are you still paying an advisor when your investments are not growing?

20 September 2019 1:19 PM

Should you DIY? Personal finance expert Warren Ingram answers definitively, shares tips on telling if an advisor is good or not.

Read More arrow_forward

US green card seeker? The EB-5 investor visa is about to cost a whole lot more

20 September 2019 12:43 PM

South Africans who want to gain a green card via the EB-5 investor green card programme must brace themselves for a price hike.

Read More arrow_forward

Here's how to secure all-expenses-paid trip to Antarctica this summer

20 September 2019 7:27 AM

You could secure a berth on the Sansa and make your way to Antarctica, leaving Cape Town in December.

Read More arrow_forward

'It's OK to have hope' - Facebook group #ImStaying celebrates SA's potential

19 September 2019 5:00 PM

The Facebook group, titled #ImStaying, started off with uplifting messages and is now connecting local initiatives with investors.

Read More arrow_forward