How to get your child ready for the post-exam period

The kids work really hard for their exams. They start preparing early enough and put in a lot of effort to study. They get frustrated and tired, and when the exams finally get over, they have an immense feeling of relief. For them, their period of struggle is over and they will not face it again till the next term.

But it is often seen that children, after this acute phase of happiness and relief, find nothing to do. Their grand plans of sleeping throughout the day, doing nothing but watching T.V. or playing on their gadgets, soon amounts to very less. This is because their mind before this break had become used to being stimulated and had worked overtime to collect and assimilate new information. But now since they’re brain is idle, it bothers them not doing anything. Even when they are doing exactly what they had planned, it doesn’t satisfy them.

Since this occurs a few times a year, here are a few ways you can help your child  get ready for the post exam time:

Plan a day out with them:

After a day’s rest or two, plan a day out with your child. Take them out somewhere for the entire day, probably for a movie or to a theme park. This will help your child relax and unwind. It will also be a great way to bond with your child. You can also take this time to plan the rest of the days of the post exam period.

stress-relieverEncourage them to work on something non-academic:

Non-academic activities can include reading, music, or arts and crafts. Such non-academic activities will keep the mind active yet relaxed. While they will give the child a break, they will still keep them occupied. Sports are also a great stress reliever. The child can spend all their pent up energy in a healthy way.

Encourage them to start studying:

Once an appropriate time has passed, encourage them to get back to their books. This is especially useful when the exams are just midterm exams because even after the exams are done, the school is likely to continue. And keeping in touch with their studies will be beneficial in class and also for the next exam.

They should start small like by revising multiplication tables, go through what has been covered in the exam, work on their grammar and writing skills etc.

The child is often reluctant to do this, but as parents, you have to insist that they this as well to balance the free time that they are getting.

Line up some small projects for them:

The projects could be anything from household chores to personal projects like decorating their room or helping with their garden or learning to sew etc. Small projects, like non-academic activities, will help the child’s creativity and imagination. It keeps them busy and also teaches them to be resourceful. Once they are successful, they will feel more confident and satisfied.

 Encourage their participation in household chores:

Household chores are a good way to teach your responsibility. Ask them to help you around the house by doing age appropriate chores. After a task done, reward them. This will positively reinforce the concept of work and ethics. It will also motivate them to keep you helping in the future and instill self-sufficiency and independence.

Internships or work:

This is applicable to kids who are old enough to work. You can encourage your child to get themselves a part time job or an internship. This will not only keep them occupied, but it will also teach them new things and skills. This will also promote work skills and motivation. Their experience while working will be very useful when they want to choose a career path.

Remember, it is very important to keep your child’s mind active in the post exam period. This will improve their academic performance and also keep them engaged in something productive.