27 July 2021
One effective study technique is to tackle a topic for 25 to 35 minutes with no distractions, before taking a five- to 10-minute break to do something enjoyable like playing computer games. The process can be repeated throughout the study period.
Splitting a subject into smaller topics can make it feel less intimidating. Such an approach builds confidence and allows students to grasp the subject in bite-sized chunks.
Regular revision of a few hours each week also goes a long way to reducing the exam preparation stress, and allows for better retention of material learnt. Problem areas are also identified early.
Institute of Mental Health psychologist Chan Hui Yu suggests that parents develop a “growth mindset” in their children – or a belief that a person’s capabilities and talents can be improved over time with practice. Strategies include praising children specifically for their efforts instead of results.