THE big day is less than 24 hours away and a total of 6,537 students from government and private schools across the country will be sitting for their PSR exams. This coming week (October 13 to 22) can be an exciting but nerve-racking period for PSR candidates, parents and teachers alike.
No matter how much preparations a student, parents or schools have made, exam periods such as the PSR will always be nerve-wracking. Concerns, worries and anxieties are all perfectly normal for students facing exams. This may not be obvious in some but for others, this can be a serious issue and can affect their performance in the exam.
Parents and teachers can adopt a number of approaches to help the students cope with the exam fever.
Let the student know that worries and nervousness are all normal when facing an exam. Apart from all the preparations done in the past weeks and months, final preparations such as having the necessary materials and stationery can help ease nervousness.
Parents can soothe these worries by preparing these materials together while talking about any anxiety faced by the students.
According to a press release from the Ministry of Education, such final preparations can be:
– Have a relaxing night before the exams. Parents should ensure the student have an early night before an exam.
– Wake up early to avoid rushing through preparations and breakfast.
– Have a balanced breakfast and eat nothing risky (Parents, this may not the best day to have a super-hot curry for the family!).
– Double-check the venue and time of the exam to avoid confusing the day/time/venue.
– Before leaving home, ensure that all necessary materials are with you – identity card, stationery, calculator, etc. You cannot borrow items such as pens, pencil or rulers during an examination.
– Head to the exam venue early. A lot of unexpected events can happen on the way to the exam venue and no candidate would want to be late.
– Go to the toilet before the exam as exams can be quite long and there is no time to waste.
Although this is a normal reminder, a number of candidates still tend to forget this : Remember to write your name on the exam paper!