Stealthily approaching the end of the year, which means that on the nose of schoolchildren and students writing various final works and passing exams. Everybody knows very well that it is necessary to hard-cut the material, read educational literature, and repeat what has been passed … But few people attach importance to psychological preparation for exams and certification works, and it is extremely important for successful passing. Today we will talk about how to prepare your child psychologically (and prepare yourself) for successfully passing any exam.
About the importance of psychological preparation.
An exam, or even a simple control paper, for any student, is a serious test, on which not only the final grade can depend, but also the transfer to the next class or successful admission to the university. This event has a great emotional effect on the examiner, and his waiting often causes a feeling of fear, anxiety, panic, puts him into stress, and sometimes even leads to physical illness (headaches, abdominal pain, nausea, etc.). As a result, even the child who knows perfectly the material can be confused during the exam, forget something, fall into a “stupor”, and as a result receive a mark below that which deserves. Therefore, it is very important to prepare the pupil psychologically for the exam.
The attestation work is an inevitable thing and it is very important that the student understands it. However, the attitude to this event can be quite positive. For this purpose, it is necessary:
To strengthen the faith of the examinee in his own strength. At the time of preparation it is important to support your loved ones and their positive attitude to the future, expressed in a willingness to help, and create positive motivation (“you can do it”, “you can do it”, etc.).
Show your child that there is nothing wrong with any outcome. In most cases, the fear of exams is associated with the fear of getting a bad result – a low score becomes a complete failure and almost ruins all hopes. It is very important that parents believe in a good result, but at the same time showed that in the other outcome there is nothing wrong (for example, there is always the possibility to retake).
It is necessary that the student has a good idea of what awaits him during the certification test, as well as after receiving the result. Parents can discuss with the child:
The examination process. It is possible to make the most detailed plan of action, for example: go to the office, pull a ticket (get a job option), write, answer (pass), etc.
What to do if… If the desired result is obtained: in this case, everything goes according to the plan, there are no difficulties. If the result is lower than expected: what are the prospects in this case (retake, go to another university, start classes with a tutor, etc.), what can be done, how to fix it.
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The possibility of various unforeseen circumstances. For example, if you have a question that you do not know the answer to, you may ask for another ticket; if you have difficulties in the course of work, you may think for a few minutes and then continue or postpone the task and do something else, etc.