Do you know how many students appear for NEET Competitive Exam every year?
Last year approximately 11, 38, 790 students appeared for the NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) out of which 6 lakh cleared the exam and qualified. The number keeps increasing each year. Now imagine the amount of pressure your child might be facing before and during the exam with such high level of competition.
As a parent you cannot change the situation, but you certainly can take small steps to make it easier for your child. Through this article, we will discuss some points to help your child score well in the NEET Exam 2019 and release stress.
1. Help them Manage their Time
Time Management is the biggest problem student’s face during class 11th and 12th. With so many things to manage during the day, from school, homework and exams to tuitions and extracurricular activities, working without a proper structure ends up making their preparation disorganized and unplanned. As a responsible parent, you can lend a helping hand to build a useful plan to help them efficiently utilize their time.
2. Be with your Child
Being there with your child not just physically but also emotionally can have extremely positive effects. Students usually face an intense amount of anxiety and pressure during their exam preparation. Having the feeling that someone is always there for them can make a huge difference to their mental well-being. As a parent, it is your responsibility to minimize their outings. It is time to constantly support your child, be familiar with their state of mind and be available emotionally whenever they need you.
3. Use the Right Words
It is rightly said that you should never compare your child with others. Every child is unique and you should celebrate their differences and uniqueness. Even if your child is not able to score high grades in a particular subject, there could be a possibility of him/her being excellent in something else. Every child has his/her own strengths and allowing them to build on them can help them be successful in the long run. Marks are not the only criterion of success in life and you should help them in identifying their strength areas.
4. Monitor their Progress & Help them create Self-Help aids
Weekly tests can help in mapping your child’s progress and in figuring out their weak areas. Motivate your child to take up regular mock-tests in a proper exam-like setting and regularly solve last year papers. Make sure you attempt the paper within the specified time limit. Solving mock tests is an effective solution only if it is used to evaluate their performance and find out their weak areas. Once the test is completed, write down their weak areas, mistakes and areas they are comfortable with. This will be helpful for them in making better revision plans and improve their performance over time. Students often get confused in certain types of areas such as which formula to apply, what is the law, etc and often end up losing marks. To help them out with this, you can advise them to create self-help aids such as flash cards with different formulas and so on. You can sit with them and take an oral test for such areas.
5. Motivate them with Rewards
Your child will perform better if you will set targets for their entire exam journey and reward each achievement with their favorite item. You can use anything that will motivate your child. It could be a new dress, tickets to a sports event, letting them watch their favorite TV shows. Avoid giving punishments, however, as they generate a feeling of negativity and panic in kids.
6. Discuss their Exam Strategy
How to write answers, how to make answers presentable, which questions to attempt first, etc are a few areas where your child might need help. 6 out of 10 students are such who do not pay attention to this kind of strategy and lose out on marks. The best thing is to sit with them and discuss these areas.
7. Listen to them After Exams
The time right after your exam is very crucial. This is the time when your child needs someone to share their feelings, fears and anxieties about the paper. Listen to their side of the story and give them their time to discuss the paper. Even if they have not done very well, they need a pat on the back. If you wish to help the child learn from their mistakes, do it 2-3 days after the examination. Avoid negative statements and focus on constructive feedback. Once your kids have completed their story, ask them questions regarding their plan for the next exam.
8. Monitor and Identify any Warning Signs
No matter how prepared a student is, they tend to feel anxious during exams and are worried about their results. It is very important to ensure their mental well-being. Being nervous to some extend is normal, but if the child is using negative statements such as I won’t be able to do anything, I can’t do it, then it could be a warning signal.
Some of the common signs during exam time are loss of appetite, irritated mood, irregular sleeping pattern, etc. which shows that the child is taking undue stress. Keep a check. If you observe any odd behavior, it is time for you to interfere. Talk to them about it and try to solve.
Every student is different and there is no one who knows your child better than you do. It is always good to help your child with his/her preparations, but you should clearly know where to draw a line. If your child feels you are interfering in their life at any point, talk to them openly and understand their requirements and provide them with proper space.
Author: Kriti Kohli
Kriti is an active blogger with decent experience in the education industry. She researches on various topics related to education & various other competitive exams and pens down her research in the form of articles & blogs. She performs extensive research, adds several crucial information, inputs and statistics in her write-ups. When she is not writing, she loves wandering around the hills, as exploring nature excites her the most. You can reach her firstname.lastname@example.org