For most children, it is difficult to focus for more than a few moments on any task, and that’s quite natural, due to their curiosity, abundance, and energy.
However, concentration is essential for studying, for homework and complete any task.
Adults can improve their concentration with special exercises; however, with children, one needs to use slightly different strategies. You can help your child increase his/her strength in various ways.
These strategies will teach him/her certain habits and rules that, over time, make it easier to focus while doing homework or studying.
Best ways to study for June exams
13 Ways to make sure you succeed with CAPS exams:
1. Divide an exams paper into Smaller Tasks
The whole exam may require too much concentration and discipline, so it would be a good idea to divide a question paper into smaller sections over 10 – 20 minutes at a time.
A full exam requires time, dedication and focus, which might seem to intimate or overwhelm your child. A smaller part of an exam paper will be more natural to carry out, and less confusing.
2. Reducing Distractions
Unless engaged in something they like, children might find it difficult to screen out distractions.
You need to keep the environment where they learn or study, as distraction-free as possible. Be especially wary of television, loud music, noises, and anything else that might occupy the child’s attention.
3. Television and Cell Phones
It is not a good idea to watch TV while doing exams or practising. It will distract attention.
Text messages, WhatsUp’s or other messaging apps also interrupt concentration.
Dr Nadine Moole recommends not to read text messages or use cell phones while studying or doing homework.
4. Studying at the same time every day
Repeating the same activity every day at the same hour, eventually, turns it into a habit. If any child sits down for homework or exams every day at the same hour, after a while, when the hour comes, there will be less effort required to focus. The mind will know study time has arrived.
5. Enough Physical Activity
Some physical activity, like playing and some sports, between study and questions, provides a way to vent out extra energy. Your child will be less nervous and make it easier to focus on the exam paper in front of them.
6. Let Children Have Play and Fun
Giving children too many questions and involving them in too many activities can be overwhelming and tiring for their brains. As a parent, you should allow them enough time for pleasure and fun, so they don’t feel too pressurised.
Offer a period of play/doing a non-academic task that they enjoy, as a reward for completing a section of their study timetable.
7. Enough Rest
Ensure that your child has enough sleep at night, and also, some rest during the day.
8. Set Time for the Completion of an Exam
Set the time for completing an exam or part of it, like ten minutes, twenty minutes, etc. Exact time might help childer to focus, to finish the goal within the time limits. However, you should be careful with this, since some children might find setting time limits too pressurising, and this could cause them anxiety and disturb their focus.
Perhaps allow your daughter or son to offer his/her suggested time for completing a particular part of the exam or the full exam.
9. Play Games that Require Focus
You can train and increase a child’s ability to focus by playing games that require thinking.
Playing games that require focusing, planning and use of memory combine fun with concentration. For example, word puzzles and riddles are great for practising this skill.
10. Allow sometime before beginning an Exam
When your child is busy, tell them what they have to do next, but allow a few minutes until they stop and starts the new activity.
Before starting with any exam or task; Teachers gives typically 10 – 15 min to allow a learner to read the question paper. We call this practical brain training.
11. Always start with March exams
Start with March exams. It sets a baseline of the work your child did. March exams will show teachers, parents and students which content he or she is still grappling with before the June exams.
Look at the memo at the end of each paper you download, and mark only the correct answers. Never mark the wrong answers incorrect at this stage. Leave it unmarked. Dr Oz studied the awareness of being wrong in children and found when a child’s work was marked wrong he/she may suffer in life by rejecting the wrong and never fully develop to treat mistakes as mistakes which can take years to overcome.
Focus on incorrect answers first. Open a separate paper for your child and redo the question again.
12. June exams
At this point start with the June exams.
Begin with Home Language (HL) then First Addition Language (FAL) rest of the subject will follow. Mathematics, Social Sciences etc.
Here are links to all the official exam papers you need to study.
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Don’t be shocked if you get the same exam paper or very related papers during the June Exams.
13. Done with a paper
Rereading the question paper is essential. Answer the questions briefly back by saying them aloud to yourself or another student. Study how to answer it correctly.
VERY VERY IMPORTANT. QUESTIONS ALWAYS REPEATS WITH EXAMS. ONLY THE ANSWER ARE DIFFERS.