When the children have exams it seems that the only priority is to study, regardless of rest or leisure time. All of this is canceled in order to get good grades, so that children can study for as long as possible and thus have a better chance of passing the exam or getting good grades. But is this really adequate? Is it a good idea to sacrifice rest or leisure time just for studying? The answer is a definite no.

Rest time is just as important as study time

If a child (or anyone who has to study for a test), prioritizes study time and not rest, they will be doing the wrong thing. The brain needs short periods of rest between study and study, it is the only way to recover from the great effort that studying incessantly puts on the mind. Therefore, for a child who is studying Primary Education, it is necessary that for each hour of study, he must rest 10 minutes and a child who is studying in Secondary Education for every hour and a half or two hours of study, must also rest 10 minutes. In this way, the brain is recharged with energy and can also be more active for the next round of study.

This 10-minute break should be done in a relaxed way, that is, the ideal is to stop to eat a piece of fruit or simply lie down or sit with your eyes closed to rest your mind. It is necessary that new technologies or activities that can hook the child are not used and the priority is forgotten.

Leisure should not be suppressed either

There are many parents who cut off leisure time completely so that the child can study. While it is true that leisure time can be a privilege that is suppressed in case the child’s behavior is not correct, it is also true that if the child is diligent and usually has good behavior, why should it be cut down on leisure time if it can help you clear your mind and then perform better?

We’re not saying that you should be doing things you enjoy every day, but an hour once or twice a week doesn’t hurt. It will help you clear your mind so that you can perform better later. Sports, musical or artistic activities can be good options.

Sleep time: the most important of all

The priority before an exam is not studying at night, it is sleeping! If your child really wants to get a good grade, it is a priority that they do not miss their sleep. Even if you sleep a little more (about 20 minutes in primary school children) it is directly related to improvements in grades, according to a study.

For the study, researchers from McGill University and the Douglas University Institute of Mental Health created a sleep education program for elementary-age children. The curriculum focused on using age-appropriate methods to teach hygiene and healthy sleep habits. Overall, 71 students between the ages of 7 and 11 participated in two-hour weekly interactive classes for six weeks. At home, parents helped measure the students’ sleep by placing a monitor on the non-dominant wrist at night for four nights a week. Parents also gave investigators notebooks with their children’s grades at the beginning and end of the program.

The researchers concluded that sleep is an important factor in learning potential, and the cooperation of parents and educators is needed to ensure that children get enough sleep and rest.