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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2018 7:59 pm 
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Hi

I'm pretty sure this question has been asked many times and responded to, but would appreciate some guidance from the forum. In a nutshell, DS has been on track throughout the months leading up to the exams (Berks) but with a few days to go, he's starting to panic and it's impacting his work. Whereas he would be getting 85%+ in his practice papers, he just about manages 70%.

I've tried days off, pep-talks, giving him simpler questions - but to no avail. The issue seems to be that he's rushing the paper, so either not reading the question properly, or losing accuracy (in Maths).

If there are any tips for what to do in the last 7 days to calm him down and get him to re-focus, I would really appreciate these.

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 Post subject: Re: Confidence
PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2018 9:59 pm 
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Have you tried sitting with him and doing a copy of the paper at the same time and doing it really slowly and encouraging him to slow down.

If he see you doing it slowly hopefully that will make him do the same. DG


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 Post subject: Re: Confidence
PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:11 am 
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Thanks for the suggestion Daogroupie. Although I've done this for individual questions to go through his thought process, I hadn't considered doing an entire paper with him.

I suppose I have homework for tonight!


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 Post subject: Re: Confidence
PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:07 pm 
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Perhaps he is bored with doing what he thinks of as the "same old" stuff and is just rushing to get it done so he can get on with doing something he likes.

Are you able to "bribe" him? In the nicest possible way of course :lol: I do remember bribing one of my ds with half an hour on the wii (it was a long time ago when wii's were the in thing) in return for a properly tried paper.

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 Post subject: Re: Confidence
PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2018 10:29 am 
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Thanks Doodles, I don’t think it’s boredom, as he is also trying to turn things round. I’ve done one paper with him to slow him down, and have given him an easier paper to practice alone...so far so good!

Thanks for your help.


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