This is a chronic condition which affects teenagers around exam time. During this time, you may have a quiet study area available, have made sure your child has less chores so they can have more time to prepare for exams, and even offered rewards for improved results, but wingitus can be all pervasive!
It’s a condition where when you ask how the study is going, the response is “I’ll be fine, I’ll just wing it!” Here are some tried and true remedies to this condition:
- Use a study planner – to plan when study is going to take place. Include 5 minute breaks frequently and display this planner on the fridge! The planner can also be used to include social and sporting activities – so the whole family can see when your child is getting busy and needs some time for study.
- Hold your child accountable – to this planner and encourage them to use a timer, set a mini-challenge and then set the timer. For example, do five math problems in 20 minutes and be specific and make it a bit of a challenge.
- Encourage your child to test themselves – either with you, friends or even against themselves. Self-testing is the number one study technique. Flash cards are a great way to do this and we have blank ones available in the Research and Study Centre here at Kennedy.
- Start studying now – spacing study our over time is the second most effective study technique! Do summaries of new material each night, and several days later go over them again- then write a summary of your summaries a couple of weeks later.
- Encourage your children to spend time away from the screen – any screen! Discuss this with them and come to an agreement of how much screen time do they think is okay on a school night? Is it hard for them to not look at their phone while doing homework or study? What would help?
- Sleep – teenagers need nine hours sleep a night! Sleeping does all sorts of things for your child and it assists with growth, sorts out memories, sifts through what they have learnt in the day, and keeps you healthy. A good night sleep is important.
If you can put these in place, you are well on your way to combatting wingitus, and to having a great and balanced routine for study and life! All the best with the exams!
Head of Research and Study