Learning the right way to learn: exam preparation is a particularly sensitive topic

Suppose a child cannot sit still at a desk. What can parents do? Vocabulary can also be memorized walking up and down. You can also make references to the room by pointing to a corner and explaining to the child that the words that are capitalized are gathered there. In another corner are the words in lower case that can be ‘run off’. You could just try that out. Many parents have had good experience in their own school days with handwriting the subject matter on index cards. If my child is afraid of writing, I will of course get no further with the tip. A variety of methods is important.

Class work is an important topic for parents and students: it is advisable to ask the children about it the evening before? Exam preparation is a very delicate subject. Studying too close to an exam may result in students memorizing too many details. And those who cannot distinguish important from unimportant make it colossally difficult. It is usually better to study with a little time lag and to just go over one or the other exercise the day before class work. Unfortunately, this golden rule cannot always be implemented in everyday school life. Even if some teachers focus too much on details in class, it helps memorization but not deeper understanding. In view of the flood of information on the Internet, it is particularly important to learn to omit.

What can parents do if the child has extreme test anxiety?? If performance in the family is too much in the foreground, children can develop a kind of test anxiety even in preschool age, for example before smaller appearances. The children then tend to maneuver themselves into a spiral of stress. There is no point in trying to talk away the fear, it actually increases it. In such a case, younger students can be asked when and where something worked particularly well or failed. In the time immediately before the exam, older students can write down what concerns them at the moment. Research has shown that this actually reduces exam anxiety.

Lateral entrants in schools: "crimes against children"

The President of the Teachers’ Association, Meidinger, has sharply criticized the use of lateral entrants as teachers in schools. These are often insufficiently trained for this.

The President of the German Teachers’ Association, Heinz-Peter Meidinger, has accused the federal states of insufficiently qualifying career changers in the teaching profession. In many places pedagogical laypeople would be let loose on pupils without adequate preparation and without quality assurance guidelines. That was "a crime against the children", said Meidinger of the "world".

"To train university graduates who have never heard of pedagogy and didactics to become primary school teachers in a crash course within two weeks, that’s absurd."

Learning the right way to learn: parents shouldn’t always be approachable

What should parents do instead?? You should let the child feel that you share in his joy of discovery. Parents can encourage activity by deferring reviews and not immediately starting to explain. If students cannot solve a task, parents should not present their child with a ready-made solution. Instead, ask your child to explain how far they understood something. Children don’t like that at all, but it teaches them to work independently and also notice that their parents take their time. So you can accompany it in developing the solution.

Should you be available as a contact person for the housework? No, that does not mean that the parents have to be on constant readiness for homework. The children also experience this as stress. Parents are allowed to signal to their children that they just need a break in order to be there for them again later. In a positive sense, this also trains a certain serenity.

Keyword serenity: some parents are driven insane when children only start homework in the evening. It is best for students to do their chores immediately after school? Younger children have a lot of power, they don’t necessarily need a break after school, others first want to have their peace of mind, which should be allowed for them. However, turning it off shouldn’t consist of turning on the television first. If parents watch their children closely, they can discover, for example, that displeasure can also be an expression of tiredness.