How to give your child a better chance of passing their exams…
It’s that time … EXAM TIME! … we all want our children to do well when it comes to their schooling. Children these days are under a lot of pressure to do well and the environment we live in is ultra-competitive. .
This drive to succeed Academically means a lot of other activities get put on the shelf and stopped altogether come crunch time…
But is this such a good move?
Is it possible that doing this is harming your child’s ability to do well?
The research and it is a lot of research, suggests YES!
One of the things that stands out and can help your child improve their study and could even give your child that extra edge, is in fact what they do at our Academy.
Exercise – It is that simple.
Primarily a lot of the research had looked only at adults but a growing and now large base of research supports its benefit for children as well when it comes to improving study abilities.
Whether it be some form of sports, a game (requiring physical exertion) or a short bout of exercise (as little as 20min) there is a large amount of research to support that exercise improves your child’s chances of doing better when it comes to learning and doing better in tests including doing well at school in general.
Three very key findings
1. INCREASED ABILITY TO REMEMBER INFORMATION
Studies have shown pupils who regularly exercise have better cognitive recall, that is the ability to remember information learnt after the exercise has taken place. – Sibley & Etnier (2003) Taylor & Faulkner (2008) Ellemberg, St-Louis-Deschene (2010)
Activites that take place in an open environment a play situation that is not controlled, like team sports and activities have been shown to provide a benefit toward memory recall activities – Williams, Davis & Williams (2000)
2. INCREASED ATTENTION AND CONCENTRATION
Many studies have shown exercise leads to Increased Concentration and attention, which is valuable to study efforts and learning – Buddhe, Voelcker-Rehage and Pietrabyk-Kendziorra (2008), Hillman, Pontifex, Raine, Castelli, Hall & Kramer (2009)
3. DECREASED STRESS
The benefits of exercise have shown to have a positive effect on decreasing stress levels, we all know that too much stress can lead to affecting our mental abilities and feelings of wellbeing, even causing sickness. By exercising you help keep this at bay – Norris, Carroll & Cochrane (1992), Haugland, Wold & Torsheim (2003).
At the Academy, we are very supportive of our players’ education, we want to make a difference, and in any way we can, not just on the field.
So, making sure they get in some regular exercise during exam study time is a great way of not only helping them learn but also keeping them healthy and drop the stress levels which are often heightened during this time.
P.S this also works for parents as well 😉
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- Williams, A.M., Davis, K., & Williams, J.G. (2000). Visual perception and action in sport. London: Spon Press (pp. 96-142).