How You Can Support Your Child Physically and Emotionally for the PSLE

 

With the beginning of the second semester and third term of the school year, Primary 6 students are entering the crunch period of PSLE preparation. If your child is taking the PSLE this year, this is the crucial stretch when he or she will be studying the hardest and under the highest amount of stress. At the same time, this is also when your child will most need parental - your - support. There are a variety of ways through which you can offer much-needed support and help your child be in the best possible physical and emotional state for the biggest examinations of his or her life to date. From exercise and diet to simply allowing your child to relax, this article examines how you and your child can tackle preparing for the PSLE together while improving performance and taking care of your emotional wellbeing. 

 

Managing Stress


Feeling some stress in life is unavoidable and at times even beneficial because experiences that challenge us also help us grow. However, remaining stressed for a long period, which can happen with children preparing for major examinations like the PSLE, can have many pernicious effects. For example, being under constant stress can result in physical ailments such as headaches and reduced appetite. Other tell-tale signs include complaints of always feeling tired and an inability to focus owing to needless worrying or burnout.  

 

A stressed and tired child is more likely to procrastinate and put off studying. Adequate and regular rest is thus crucial for your child’s long-haul preparation, and you will want to make sure regular study breaks throughout the school day are part of your child’s study schedule. In addition to these breaks, you may also want to mindfully set aside a weekend morning or afternoon during the lead-up to the PSLE for your child to relax. Let your child engage in his or her favourite activities, or change up the environment by bringing them out of the house into the outdoors for physical activity such as a walk or sports (more on this later).

It is also just as important that you avoid putting unnecessary pressure on your child during this period by comparing him or her to others in their class or among your friends’ children. With the first exams (the oral exams) just about a month away, your child will be better served by focusing on what he or she can do rather than worry about catching up to others.

 

Managing Diet and Physical Activity


But the PSLE isn’t just about the mind. As the body goes, so does the mind, and your child’s physical condition ahead of the exams is very much worth monitoring. One tip is to, firstly, dial down on your child’s sugar intake, as sugar-loaded foods can drain his or her energy after giving the initial boost. Ensure that he or she makes a habit of drinking plenty of water every day, instead of relying on caffeinated drinks (such as milk tea, as teenagers are recommended not to consume more than 100ml of caffeine daily) or sugary drinks to get through the school day. 

 

Should your child wish to snack, avoid the processed options loaded with sugar and look to nuts, berries, or fruits such as bananas for alternatives.

Secondly, encourage your child to complement the mental effort he or she is expending for PSLE preparation with physical activity. Research has shown that regular exercise helps improve cognitive ability and mood for all ages, and this is true even of light exercise such as slow walks. An active lifestyle also helps students sleep better at night, as opposed to tossing and turning in bed fretting about whether one has gotten one’s facts all memorised.

 

Managing Your Own Mental State

 

As your child gears up for the important milestone that is the PSLE, it is only natural that you will feel stressed as well. Join your child in taking a break or a breather and have some fun together. Find someone to talk to about any concerns and anxieties you may have rather than bottling these up or, even worse, letting your child inadvertently pick up on your worries. Remember that a large part of academic performance comes down to a child’s mental state, and a supportive home environment can make a crucial difference in motivating children to do their best while being unafraid of failure. 


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Providing the Blueprint for Your Child’s Success in the PSLE

 

Parents are an important pillar of support for every child, and are especially needed when children are faced with monumental undertakings such as the PSLE. With the right guidance and resources, your child can achieve his or her desired academic goals.


 


 

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If you have any questions about our range of programmes or class schedules, you may fill in the form below or contact us at 67338711 / [email protected].

Who was the best teacher you ever had? Which mentor immediately stands out as the one who has been most influential and inspirational in your life? This could have been a teacher from primary school, secondary school or junior college. It could be a tutor or even your dance instructor. Whoever it was, your teacher was someone who was an absolute master at helping you learn far more than you ever imagined possible.

Bring to mind a clear image of this remarkable teacher. Hear your teacher’s voice, concentrating on not only its unique cadence and tone but also something they have said that has stuck with you throughout all these years. Feel the inspiration that still lives within you as a result of your relationship with this teacher. Think about the personal qualities this person exuded that commanded your respect and reverence.

As you recall memories of this individual who was such a powerful role model in your life, it is likely that you can identify and list certain personal characteristics that were most memorable. As you review this list of qualities, it may surprise you to realise that very few of these notable attributes have to do with the content of what this teacher taught.

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As some of the most influential role models for developing students, teachers are responsible for more than just academic enrichment. If you want to be a great educator, you must connect with your pupils and reach them on multiple levels, because the best teachers are committed to their students’ well-being both inside and outside the classroom. By forging strong relationships, educators are able to affect virtually every aspect of their students’ lives, teaching them the important life lessons that will help them succeed beyond term papers and standardized tests.


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