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Helping them prepare psychologically for exams

Successful exam preparation involves developing successful study habits and overcoming those key psychological barriers. Patricia Orlunwo Ikiriko offers vital advice to help you prepare your students.

Effective study habits are a prerequisite for putting students on a path towards educational excellence. However, there is a wide range of issues confronting students which can inhibit their academic performance. 

It is not just study techniques that can affect students’ results, but also hidden, psychological factors that must be identified in order to alter negative perceptions. It is the job of the teacher to identify the underlying attitudes and perceptions that are inhibiting academic performance and to stimulate alternative attitudes and perceptions which can contribute to active participation in learning and studying.

Teachers should aim to offer genuine and relevant solutions to the hidden psychological fears that prevent students from attempting to actualise their dreams. Teachers may manage much of students’ learning in that they create lesson plans which adhere to the curriculum and are therefore designed to give students the knowledge necessary to pass exams. They may also offer guidance as to how to schedule periods of revision prior to exams. 

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