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Preparing for exams with a positive mindset

With the first week of June just around the corner, the iDiv teachers, support team (Health Centre and the Centre for Learning) and administrators ask parents to work with us to help the boys develop a healthy mindset about exams.

Exams often trigger what we call “good stress.” It’s a time to gather the learning and prepare for a final event. But exams can also trigger stress that limits a boy’s ability to do well. We, as the adults in their lives, need to send positive messages and put exams into perspective. In the Centre for Learning libguide (see below) there’s a section for parents with suggestions on how to support your son in the exam process.

Some important things to keep in mind:

1. Teachers have a developmentally appropriate approach to helping the boys prepare for exams each year. Some boys do ask teachers to be more specific about what’s on the exam but that can limit their studying and can lead to more memorizing than thinking. Teachers do not specifically say, “This is on the exam.” But they do provide an outline and guidance on what and how to study.
2. Form advisers and advisers work with the boys to develop an exam study plan and will offer suggestions on how to study.
3. The Wernham West Centre for Learning offers support throughout the year for boys to develop their “tool kit” for learning.

In order to support students through exam preparation and process, our approach is linked to how a boy can be an engaged learner. Therefore, much of our exam preparation material helps the boys develop life long study habits and strategies.

All boys and advisers will be emailed the schedule for exam prep workshops as listed below and will also be sent the link to a libguide on exam prep resources.

As exams approach, here are types of support the Centre for Learning offers help in these areas:

  • prioritize areas where they may need to seek extra help (i.e. a concept in math)
  • develop a study plan
  • develop subject specific study strategies
  • additional support in other areas such as staying motivated and focused, answering multiple choice questions, writing short essay answers and managing feelings of anxiousness

I Div Workshops and Resources
Year 1: Monday morning 7:30-8:15 a.m. (starting now).Boys do not need to register.
Year 2: Friday morning 7:30-8:15 a.m. (starting now). Boys do not need to register.

For both Year 1 and Year 2; Any Monday to Thursday from 3:45 to 5 p.m. in the CFL on the second floor beginning Monday, May 16. These after-school sessions provide subject-specific strategies boys will apply while using the time to study and practise these strategies.

Click EXAM PREP for Year 1 and Year 2 Libguide on exam support resources.