Tips to help registrants manage the psychological impact of Covid-19 when writing their exams

“It is important to recognize the psychological impact of Covid-19 on learners.” Photo: Getty Images

The Matrix Class of 2021 is still persevering for its last challenge – its final exams.

The past year has been extraordinarily difficult, especially for learners struggling to pass their exams despite the Covid-19 pandemic and other disruptions that have occurred this year.

However, to be fully prepared for these exams, learners may need to be healthy and mentally prepared for them.

Parent24 spoke with Rebecca Pretorius, Country Manager for South Africa at Crimson Education, about how students can balance their exams and their health during the pandemic.

Pretorius said: “It is important to recognize the psychological impact of Covid-19. The most common changes in how students may feel about before the pandemic could be lack of motivation, anxiety, stress and isolation. “

“For this reason, it is important to take care of your physical and mental health to help you get through what is, even outside of a pandemic, a stressful time for a student, and also to help you fight Covid-19. if you get it, “added Pretorius.

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She says it all starts with eating healthy because it will help you function properly.

Second, Pretorius suggests that learners schedule free time and fill it with exercises and activities to restore them.

“Since most of your time will be spent at your desk and in front of your books, you want to make sure that that time is well spent and efficient and that it doesn’t drain your mental and emotional health,” Pretorius adds.

Below, she has included some practical ways to help learners overcome exam stress and stay mentally and physically healthy.

Hack yourself

Pretorius says knowing your routine and creating habits that will keep you going is essential.

She adds that this can include effectively managing your time by scheduling your free time, as this will keep you productive and healthy.

Study right

She says effective note-taking is essential when studying exams, such as using titles, underlying keywords, or numbering your work to organize.

Students should use their calendars to organize and prioritize their free time activities to ensure that they have enough time for their study load.

“The exams are predictable. Use study guides for practice. Use the curriculum or your textbooks to base your study,” says Pretorius.

Review strategies

She says students need to be familiar with exams – exam structures, types of exam questions, and she says the ideal way of formulating answers doesn’t change.

Here are some tips for taking practice exams / old homework:

1. Start with an open book and check the answers as you go before you get closer and closer to replicating the exam conditions.

2. Mistakes are great because they identify your weak spots that you can focus on.

3. Be sure to complete several past exam papers.

4. If you make a mistake, make sure you find the correct answer or ask your teacher.

5. Make sure you take the same number of practice exams for all of your subjects so that you have the same knowledge and don’t sacrifice any subject.

6. Go through the memos after trying the exams. Write down the tough questions and read the answers.

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Tips for an effective recall

Pretorius says there is always an addiction to recovery or reminders to show understanding, so you need to study in a way that effectively helps you memorize content, emphasizing that reading notes won’t help you, but active reading will.

Maintain relationships

She says, “While you may need some time alone to focus on your studies, don’t isolate yourself. “

“Stick to your routine as much as possible to eat with your family, participate in your stimulating activities, and talk about what you’re struggling with or what’s going on well,” Pretorius explained.

Find more free exam resources here.


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