The Board Exam phase is here! This is the red alert message on of the minds of  students and parents all over India. You have no reason to panic or get stressed. With adequate preparation and practice, the Board Exams can be conquered easily.

Remember these Points While Taking the Board Exam

Just keep in mind these 5 pointers while taking the Board exam and you will emerge with flying colors.

1.  Jot Down the Formulae

Board Exam preparation involves processing a lot of information and this might scare you. However, following this tip can make your Board Exam easier. Before the Exam, memorize all the important mathematical and scientific formulae, theorems, laws, numbers, units, dates, and even the spellings for tough words.

Keep a small notebook handy where you can jot these down. Include diagrams and tables also in this notebook. Balanced chemical equations too can be entered in this notebook chapter- wise under appropriate headings. This note-taking will help you revise everything at the last moment.

Once you enter the Exam Room and get your answer sheet, jot down all the info pertaining to the subject. Take down Math and Science formulae, dates for History, even author names for English Literature. This way, you don’t have to worry about forgetting it during the Exam. It only takes a few minutes, but it will clear your mind and save you from panic.

2. Cleanliness is Key

A clear and legible answer paper with neat handwriting is what every correcting examiner expects from a student. Make sure you are writing neatly in big and legible letters. Don’t let your answer paper be too overcrowded. Write down the question number before the answer and split your answer into points instead of one large paragraph.

The goal is to make your answer sheet as easy for the examiners to understand as possible. Avoid stylized cursive handwriting or other fancy stuff. Also, don’t overwrite answers. Just strike out the incorrect portion. Draw a neat working column and use it for Maths calculations. Draw diagrams neatly and name the parts clearly. Keeping your answer paper neat will impress the examiners and eliminate any confusion.

3. Keep Track of Time

Some students prepare exhaustively for the exam and write extensively too. As they keep on writing, they lose track of the time and sometimes leave the paper unfinished. This is often due to focusing too much on one question. You cannot afford to do this during the Board Exam. Don’t leave any questions unanswered, especially due to lack of time.

One strategy is to start with the lengthy questions first. Or, you can finish off the quick questions and get them out of the way. Take a few model question papers from online practice-learning sites and write the full test while timing yourself. This will help you gauge your speed of writing and adjust it to match the time allotted for the Board Exam. You will also learn which questions to answer first in order to finish the  Board paper in time, which ties into the next point.

4. Answer Based on Context

Answering questions to the point and in context needs to be practiced. The Board Exam has an assorted mix of short and long questions. There are 1 mark, 2 mark, and 5 mark questions. Writing elaborate answers for short questions and short answers for long questions will simply not do. You are wasting time and energy.

Read the question and understand exactly what it is asking. Learn to answer the question in terms of the marks allotted. A 1-mark question needs just 1-2 lines of text. For 2-marks, 4-5 lines will do. A 5-mark question, on the other hand, requires a paragraph. Make sure you hit the main points in your answer and never ignore context.

For 5-mark questions, take some time to plan out your answer rather than jumping right in. This brings flow and structure and prevents you from writing yourself into a corner. Answer questions based on the marks allotted and you will find that you not only score marks but will also have ample time remaining for expanding answers or checking your answer sheet.

5. Double Check the Paper

Writing the Board Exam is easy and every student is in a hurry to finish it, but patience has its own reward. If you finish the exam early, don’t hand it in immediately or sit and do nothing. Always check and recheck the answer paper before you hand it over. Look for calculation errors, spelling mistakes, silly blunders, as well as any questions that you may have missed out on.

Is there anything you can expand on? Did you forget to answer the second part of a question? Think about all these. Whether it’s Math, Science, or History, every mark counts. You never want to lose marks because of a stupid mistake or something you overlooked.

Extra Points

These tips will help you maximize marks on the Board Exam. Here are some more points:

  • Don’t be afraid to clarify any doubts you may have with the Exam Invigilator(s).
  • You need to be well rested and healthy to take on the Board Exam. Don’t stay up late studying the night before. It is imperative that you get a good night’s sleep.
  • Eat a healthy breakfast as you shouldn’t take the Exam on an empty or half-full stomach. You want to be performing at peak efficiency.
  • After you complete an Exam, don’t immediately start studying for the next one. Take a short break.

Also, don’t keep thinking about the Exam or opportunities you may have missed. What’s done is done. Let it go and focus on the next exam.

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Practice is the key to success in a Board Exam. Prepare well by solving the past Question Papers of the previous 5-10 years. By doing this, you would have covered 90% of the anticipated questions and will be thoroughly prepared for taking the Board Exam.

This also gives you an idea of the kind of questions to expect and how the same question may be asked in different ways. Solving past Question papers helps you face any kind of questions posed by the Board and gears you up to answer them.

You can find these past Question Papers on an expert online practice site like LetsPractise. Check for the question paper pattern from our learning site and make use of mock tests to answer to the context. You can lso time yourself as well to put yourself in the Board Exam environment. Just look at our plans and start preparing! Contact us if you have any questions.

Follow these pointers while taking the Board exam and wipe out the fear of failure. Make optimum use of online practice learning sites, prepare and succeed!
Best of luck!

Everything to Know About the CBSE Board Exam 2019

The CBSE Board Exams for Class X and XII are set to begin for the year 2019. Here’s everything you need to know to make sure you are ready.

Start Dates

The Class X Exams begin on February 21st and end on March 29th. The Class XII Exams begin on February 15th and end on April 3rd. These Exam dates can be viewed directly at the CBSE website at http://cbse.nic.in/ (the new website link is http://cbse.nic.in/newsite/index.html).

For the complete Class X dates sheet, click here.

For the full Class XII dates list, click here.

The Board Exam schedule for 2019 was released by the CBSE along with a circular at least 2 weeks ahead of the exam on December 23rd, 2018 to enable students to prepare sufficiently for the papers. This year, in 2019, the CBSE has taken special care while setting the Board Exam schedule to ensure that these exams do not clash with any of the competitive exams like JEE for Class XII.

Students by the Numbers

More than 30 lakh students are appearing for the CBSE Board Exams in  2019. According to the CBSE, in 2019, Over 18 lakh students are appearing for the Class X Board Exam while over 12 lakh students are taking the All India Senior School Certification Examination (AISSCE), commonly known as the Class XII Board Exam.

The CBSE has issued a motivational letter to the students encouraging them to find the hidden meaning in their lives, by using academics to unearth their hidden potential to scale the summit of success. Every student appearing for the Board must read the Letter to Students from CBSE comparing school life to a computer. It is sure to inspire any student who is about to take the Board Exam.

Subject Selection

The CBSE offers many vocational subjects for students of Class X and XII to choose from. In 2019, there are 15 such subjects offered for Class X and 40 for Class XII. Totally, in 2019, there are 240 subjects offered by the CBE. Of this, the Class X and XII students have opted for 30,000 combinations!

Timings

The CBSE Board Exam timings for 2019 are from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM. The answer sheets will be handed out at 10 AM and the students will receive their question papers by 10:15 AM. All students must be compulsorily present in the exam hall by 9:45 AM. Don’t be late!

Special Instructions

The CBSE has issued special rules and instructions for the students appearing for the Board Exam in 2019:

  • Students will only be allowed to take the CBSE Board Exam 2019 if they are in full school uniform.
  • Each student appearing for the Board Exam must carry his or her parents’ signatures on the card. Apart from the student and School Principal’s signatures, there is a separate column provided for the parent’s signature on the card. Any admit card without all these signatures or the stamp is considered invalid.
  • No student will be allowed inside the Exam Hall after 10 AM.
  • All students must carry their own stationery items such as like pen, pencil, eraser, sharpener, scale, compass, etc. These items must be carried in a clear and transparent pouch only.
  • No mobile phones, smart watches, or external printed material will be allowed within the Exam Hall.

Keep all these rules in mind and be prepared before Exam Day hits to avoid last minute confusion.

Dealing With Board Exam Fear

The CBSE is taking lots of efforts to help students manage the stress and fear of the Board Exam through various steps.

  • CBSE is offering Pre-Exam Psychological counselling from 1st February to 4th April.
  • An Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS) has been introduced by the CBSE in 2019 to provide useful pre-recorded information on tackling the Board Exams better. The toll-free number is 1800-118-004. Students or parents can call this number for tips on exam preparation, time management, stress reduction, etc. FAQs are answered and live tele-counselling is also available on this number.
  • For the first time ever, the CBSE has uploaded an informative audio-visual presentation entitled “Knowing Children Better” on its website. this presentation enumerates the real-time experiences of children in coping with exams and the strategies they adopt to handle them better. Some video topics include ‘Aggression’, ‘Depression’, ‘Exam Anxiety’, and ‘Internet Addiction Disorder’.
  • Apart from this, Q&A sessions answered by CBSE will be featured on all prominent national newspapers from the 1st of February.
  • Online counselling is available by contacting counselling.cecbse@gmail.com

You can also read our post on 5 Ways to Overcome Fear of the Board Exam. Have no fear!

Results

CBSE has announced that the results for the CBSE Board Exam 2019 will be released in the first week of June 2019.

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With such substantial support from parents, teachers and the CBSE Board, all that students must do is to practise, prepare, and perform well in the CBSE Board Exam 2019 . All the best!

Parents are stressed out, teachers are tense to complete the portions on time, and students are under a huge amount of pressure. All this is because the 2019 Board Examination is just around the corner.

Exams are a part of every student’s life. Children are accustomed to hearing the words “test” and “exam” repeatedly. There are tests monthly, weekly, and daily. Then come the major Quarterly, Half-Yearly, and Annual Exams. Don’t forget about the surprise tests, slip tests, and periodic assessments, and so on.  

However, whatever name these evaluation procedures go by, the king of them all is the BOARD EXAM!

India is famous (or infamous) for its legendary Board Exam. There are encountered at 2 stages, Class X and Class XII. Whichever curriculum you follow, be it the State Board, ICSE, or CBSE, there’s no getting around it. All students absolutely have to face these two Himalayan challenges in their academic life.

Why are students so distraught about the Board Exam?

Students usually panic about the Board Exam mainly because of two reasons:

a) It involves a vast amount of study material (normally the entire year’s syllabus)

b) The marks scored usually decides the future of their academic and professional career

For these two reasons, it is imperative that the student performs well in the Board Exam.  

Precious Pointers to Help Students Prepare for the Board Exam

How should a student prepare for the Board Exam? Let’s take a look.

1. Outline a Study Timetable

Before you begin, take stock of the situation. Take each subject and note down the number of lessons, the difficult areas in each lesson, the lessons you know thoroughly, ones you have understood partially, and those which you have not touched throughout the year. You can also try ranking the lessons in order of difficulty.

Once you’ve assessed the situation, prepare a study schedule or timetable allocating one subject per day. Divide the day into pre-lunch and post-lunch sessions with portions clearly allocated for each. Evening sessions can be set aside for revision of the day’s study. While assigning the lessons, dedicate more time for difficult chapters and less time for the known or easy ones.

Always try to complete the portions a month ahead of the Board Exam so you can utilise the final month for revision and practise. Also, chalk out time for at least 2 sets of revisions compulsorily for each subject.

A correct schedule and clear plan of study will definitely get you well-prepared for the Board Exam.

2. Take Notes for Quick Study & Revision

Make ‘revision notes’ for each chapter. Revision notes should have a list of the topics covered in each chapter, important headings, and main points. These notes should have bullet points which succinctly recap the topic. Be sure to keep them short and to the point.

For subjects like History, you can mark important dates and names, whereas Maths and Science notes will have formulae. The idea here is to remember important keywords and talking points which can be expanded upon come Board Exam time.

It’s easier than memorizing huge paragraphs and also makes sure you don’t miss anything vital in your answer. These notes help to summarize the entire lesson in one go and also works great for last minute exam prep.

Note-taking not only helps in the recap but also retention of the lesson for a long time.

3. Use a Mind-Map or Flowchart

A mind map is a structured note-taking technique that simplifies the method of study for the student. It has a central node which is the main subject. From the subject, the student draws branches and marks related topics. While designing a mind map, you can use different colors for the subnodes and branches. It is an interesting and easy way of summing up a lesson and outlines the entire course of the lesson like a map. One look at it and you know all about the lesson.

A flowchart outlines the flow of topics in a lesson from start to finish.  It offers a quick summary of the lesson with a smooth flow of information from one topic in the lesson to the next. Through linking one concept to another, you can trick your mind into learning a vast amount of information with just one picture.

Teachers or parents can help students prepare such mind maps and flowcharts for difficult or exhaustive subjects like Chemistry or History.

Using infographic tools helps in summarizing the lesson and revising it visually.

4. Exercise Self-Control

The Board Exam is a one-in-a-lifetime experience, and it will either make or break you. You have to be prepared to make sacrifices in order to to achieve success.

First off, stay away from your television, computer, PlayStation, XBox, video games, mobiles, etc. They are all time-sinks. Shut them down and put them away, or give them to your parents. Even if you have to download questions online, do it from your parent’s mobile or laptop under their observation. Remain vigilant of electronics and don’t fall prey to temptation. Closing the door and putting a do not disturb sign outside is a good way to denote that you are busy.

You should still relax and enjoy yourself for half-an-hour in the evening every day during the study period, but not more than that. Also, let it be physical activity, and not online gaming. If you actually exercise by lifting weights, jogging, or going for a swim, even better. A healthy body leads to a healthy mind.

Avoid eating outside food from restaurants or roadside stalls as this may affect your health. You absolutely cannot afford to fall sick during the Board Exam and need to be in peak condition. For this reason, stay away from ice cream and cold juices.

If you feel upset that you are unable to enjoy these luxuries, remind yourself that it’s only temporary, and you are free to have fun after the exams are done and dusted.

A little self-control can reap in big rewards during the Board Exam.

5. Group Study With Caution

If you choose to group study, avoid idle chatter with your friends. Be sure to only focus on the task at hand. Your discussion should not deviate to other topics. Otherwise, you will notice that time has flown by without you learning anything. If you find yourself drifting into talks about cricket or movies, get back on track. The same applies to long discussions on the phone.

Group studying is a powerful strategy that will help uncover and fix your weaknesses quickly. However, it all depends on the type of people you decide to group study with. Some choose to avoid studying with their closest friends in order to stay focused.

For this reason, choose the studious people and class-toppers. It’s better to study alone and learn a little than study as a group and end up learning nothing. Group study should not end up harming you more than it helps you.

Beware of group studying. It can seem great at first, but it can easily turn into a time waster.

6. Don’t Stop Practising

It might sound repetitive but practise is the only way to get thoroughly prepared for the Board Exam.

Covering vast portions, memorizing formulae, cracking tough word problems, and clarifying doubts can only be done by through repeated practice. With practice, you can master even tough concepts with ease. Trying out different types of problems gives you clarity in the concepts and enables you to find the technique of solving tough problems easily.

Just make sure that you try different types of questions an do not stick to the same questions only. Spend at least one week on practising tough portions, old question papers, and solving complex problems.

Practice is the only way to perfect your Board Exam preparation.

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Ultimately, it all comes down to you and your willpower. You are your own worst enemy and your own best friend. If you are determined and resolute, there is no reason why you can’t crack the exam. Good luck!

Think of the Board Exam as an opportunity to advance Instead of a horrifying experience. It is a test that can lead you to success if you do well. Now, go forth and triumph!

The dreaded Board Exams begin in February, and with them come the ensuing tensions. With just a few weeks left, the students of Class X and XII start getting nervous and freaking out at the daunting task that lies ahead of them.

Parents then become worried upon seeing the fear of exams etched on the faces of their children, at  times not knowing what to do. Teachers try to help by counselling the students and drilling them on questions. Neighbours or other family members may pitch in by offering free advice.

Unfortunately, all this only serves to escalate Board anxiety rather than diminish it, because it shows how important the Board Exams really are and how heavy the weight of failure will fall on the students.

So, is there a surefire formula to solve exam fear? No. However, fear of the Board Exams is just another form of stress. It can be easily alleviated by using these valuable tips.

How to Overcome Board Exams Anxiety

Dread it, run from it, the Board Exams still arrive. Here are some ways to diminish the feeling of anxiety.

1. Outline your Exam Prep Time Table

Failing to plan is planning to fail. Chart a time table hour-wise for each day, including time for tea, lunch breaks, and leisure time. Allocate portions for each day. Ensure that you take one subject a day and complete it that day itself.

If you are weak in some subjects, you should allocate more time for them. You could try placing an easier subject after a more difficult one so you don’t suffer burnout. Also, study based on goals rather than just time (“I will finish Science Chapter 2” instead of “I will study from 4 PM  to 8 PM”). You have no way of knowing what will happen from 4 PM to 8 PM on that day. If you want, you can split the day into morning, afternoon, and evening sessions. Your brain needs a break, so add in some buffer time in between studying so you aren’t continuously studying for hours on end.

Allocating by daily portions instead of timeframes also lets you know what you’ve completed and how much you still have to do.

If you strictly stick to this time table, you will find that you have completed each subject in just a couple of days! Also, be sure to allocate the last few days for revising each subject.

Outlining the exam preparation time table and allocating portions brings in clarity in the student’s mind and a plan for completing the portions on time. Outlining the time table for study enforces study discipline and planning and reduces fear.

2. Create a Positive Study Space.

The right environment can boost your spirits, elevate your mood and stimulate you to study. Create a positive study space at home that is congenial to study. Here is how you do this.

Clean out your books cupboard, study desk, or workspace. Remove clutter and arrange your books and files neatly. Have your time table pinned up in front of your study desk. Have a desk calendar, alarm clock, study lamp, markers, and a water bottle ready nearby. You can also pin up some motivating quotes or the picture of your favorite star or someone who inspires you.

Make sure you are in a quiet place. Turn off your TV and laptop and set your phone on silent or ‘do not disturb’ mode. Get a comfortable chair and be sure you are seated in an upright position. Telling your parents or friends that you are about to study also helps. Eliminate as many distractions as possible. You want to be able to study peacefully with no interruptions.

Creating a positive ambience for study gives the child the feeling that luck and success are on their side. They are in a positive frame of mind and have the right mindset to study. This again helps decrease exam fear and stress.

3. Get Organized

Fear of tests and exams comes usually due to lack of  three things: confidence, awareness, and preparation.

Awareness is developed by paying attention in class and seeking out knowledge. Confidence comes from within and an environment that stimulates learning. For the last point (preparation), you need to get organized and be ready for whatever the Board Exams decide to throw your way.

Before you start studying, get organized. Collect all the study materials, including notes, worksheets, answer sheets, quiz sheets, assignments, past question papers, guides, model test papers, practice sheets, etc.

Now, carefully segregate these subject-wise, sort and filter them, keeping what you require in files and weeding out the rest. Don’t throw out anything because you may need it later.

Double-check with friends, classmates, and peers regarding what exactly you need for each subject. If you don’t have notes for a certain chapter, you need to acquire them immediately. You must ascertain that you have everything you need for each subject before you can start studying.

Ready? Okay. Take in a few deep breaths and a sip of water.

Now, you are all set to go!

Amassing all these study materials and seeing that you have everything ready gives you the confidence that you are on the right track. Organizing your study materials instills a sense of commitment and responsibility in the student towards the exam and drives home the fact that he/she should start preparing immediately rather than putting it off. When all the resources are available, the fear of the Board Exams is reduced as the student finds that he/she is well-equipped to study.

4. Start Studying

Now, that all the preparation is done, it’s time to start your actual studying. Don’t put it off or procrastinate or say that you will study whenever you feel like it. Tomorrow never comes, so it’s now or never. The earlier you begin preparing for the Board Exam, the more time you have to study and the less you have to study each day.

Be sure to adhere to your study prep time table and complete the portions you wrote on it. As you prepare, jot down all your doubts for subsequent clarification. Also, make a note of subjects or areas where you have difficulty. You can try clarifying doubts on the internet, but beware as this could lead you to wasting time on Facebook or YouTube.

You have a lot to learn, but take it up as a challenge. Once you get over the initial hurdle of starting trouble, you are unstoppable. You have to really get into it and learn the concepts as opposed to memorizing them and possibly forgetting them when the exam rolls around. Study to learn an enrich your knowledge of the subject, not just to get good marks on an exam.

Studying in this manner is exhaustive and it won’t be easy, but it builds up knowledge and confidence in the student. It also goes a long way in eliminating fear and anxiety.

5. Practise, Practise, Practise

Now that you have studied, start practising. Practice makes perfect.  Get out a pen and paper and work out Maths problems, word problems in Science, writing languages, and work on your English spelling and vocabulary. Write down the dates in History and the names of countries for Geography.

Every subject needs practice to make you remember its vital concepts. That’s the only way to get better at anything, not just studies.

You can beat the Board Exams with preparation and practice. Practice can help you remove doubts, strengthen weak areas and hone your academic skills.

Practice helps get rid of the final traces of fear and doubt that plague the student and makes the student ready to face the Board exam.

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If you have time to spare, allow some days to take a practice test for each subject. You can download the practise test papers from expert online practice learning sites such as LetsPractise and assess yourself. This helps resolve your doubts and strengthen your weak areas through online practice learning sites.

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Expel fear from your mind and propel yourself to success with practise. Good luck!

How do I get my child/children to eat healthier?

This is one of the most common questions that parents ask. If not, it should be on your mind.

Student life is the busiest part of a child’s existence, and unfortunately the last thing on a child’s mind is healthy eating! Children hardly pay attention to the food they eat or how healthy it is, and usually they just eat what comes their way without paying attention to the ingredients and impact on their health.

Unhealthy food leads to problems such as obesity, hormonal problems, vitamin deficiencies, and lowered immunity. This brings to mind the old adage – ‘a healthy mind exists in a healthy body’. When physical health is affected, the child’s concentration and performance in school is also affected. These are dire consequences which loom large in front of our children. Luckily, they can be prevented through healthy eating.

Tips for Students to Practise Healthy Eating

Here are some healthy food tips to make students eat healthily and heartily.

1.  Avoid Junk Food

This is the first and biggest healthy food tip. Your child may not know it, but junk food is only going to jeopardize their health in the future.

Junk food, instant food, processed food, and packaged food are all types of food that children are familiar with in today’s world.

Some examples of popular junk food are chips, soda, biscuits, french fries, ice cream, chocolate bars, pizza, and cake. These all taste good, but they also damage the body.

The word ‘junk’ itself refers to something that is trash, worthless, or provides no benefit, hence the term ‘junk food’. So, avoid junk food and cut down on snacks.

2. Have a Colorful Spread

Everyone loves colorful things. On a plate, food items of different colors only serve to entice your palate. You can use this to your advantage because vegetables are colorful too. Orange carrots, green peas, yellow melons, red tomatoes, purple eggplants,  pink onions, white cauliflowers, green broccoli…the list is endless.

Choose an assortment of vegetables or fruits in various colors and serve them on your child’s plate. They will find the dish mouth-watering and improve their health at the same time. Vegetables offer us ample antioxidants to fight diseases and stay healthy. Such a mixed variety of vegetables will provide a balance of all nutrients. Swap out the boring and bland dishes for something colorful, appetizing, and healthy.

3. Feast on Fiber

To maintain the correct weight and shapely figure, children must be more diet conscious. You need to incorporate high fiber food into your child’s diet.

Adding fiber to your child’s diet will improve digestion, metabolism, and appetite. It also reduces glucose and cholesterol levels. Eat a lot of whole grains and include oatmeal or whole wheat bread to your breakfast.

If they aren’t eating a whole and hearty breakfast already, now is the time to start. Nuts, beans, legumes, and whole grains provide the required fiber for any growing child’s diet.

4. Limit Fat Intake

Excess fat intake leads to obesity in children. Obesity makes children sluggish and they find it difficult to focus in class as well. To avoid this, cut down on fats like the ghee on your roti and parathas, oily poori, cheese spread on the bread, etc. Stop buying fatty junk food like pizzas and burgers frequently as they make your child put on weight.

Roadside food such as samosas and bhajis are often dipped in massive amounts of oil and therefore the intake should be reduced.

Avoid using unhealthy fats in your diet. These bad fats are obtained from animals and are derived from pork, beef, butter, milk or cream.

Not all fat is bad and there are good fats as well.  Use only plant-based oils which have good fats like olive oil, sunflower oil, sesame oil, etc. when you cook. Fish oil is rich in Omega-3 and can also be used in the diet. Always read the product labels to make sure nothing your child is allergic to or shouldn’t eat is contained within the food.

5. Save On Sugar

Children love eating sweet things and most children have a sweet tooth. Sweets, candies, chocolates, ice creams, pastries, cakes, and desserts all taste great. However, too much sugar is not healthy and leads to weight gain. So substitute fruits instead of candy, yoghurt instead of chocolate, wheat bread over white bread, etc.

The changes should be gradual. For example, if your child likes drinking a lot of Pepsi or Coca Cola soda, first replace this with juice. Then, make your own fresh fruit juice as a replacement, and so on. Sugarless bubblegum can be swapped in for real gum and gives children something to chew on for more than just a few seconds. Sugar itself has substitutes like Stevia.

Fruits are great because they taste sweet but are healthier than cake or ice cream. The next time you visit the store, get more grapes, apples, bananas, and oranges to improve your child’s health.

6. Shrink the Salt

Although salt is generally considered better than sugar, too much of it is still bad. This is why food with high salt content is a no-no for your child.

Processed food and snacks are rich in salt and high sodium, and a majority of salt comes from them. They can cause high blood pressure at a very young age. So, slow down with eating processed food such as french fries, chips, pizza, fried food, tinned food, etc. as they have high levels of sodium.

A lot of store-bought food and meat are high in salt content. Instead, prepare fresh food at home and hold the salt. You can also try baking food instead of frying it as it is a healthier alternative.

Slowly reduce the amount of salt you add to your child’s food and take the salt off the kitchen table.  If you want your child to eat healthier, it’s time for a low sodium diet

7. Watch Your Child’s Eating Style & Make Changes

The way you eat determines the way you look and live. Pay more attention to what your child eats during the day. They might be snacking on a packet of chips or guzzling down some soda without you realizing it.

It is impossible to keep track of what your child eats all the time, but you can still make some changes to their eating style.

  • Have them eat fewer portions or multiple small meals instead of one heavy meal. Most experts advise eating 5 small meals a day instead of 3 large ones.
  • Fill their plate with more vegetables and food rich in protein and nutrients.
  • If your child eats too much, one tip is to use smaller plates than a large one to give the impression they are eating more. Do the reverse if they eat too too little. This is a psychological trick.
  • Advise your child to eat slowly and taking time to chew the meal. This ensures that the food gets digested properly.
  • Turn off the TV, computer, mobile, and other electronics while eating. While looking at these screens, we tend to eat more and more food without realizing it. Nothing should distract them while they are having food.
  • Ask your child to drink lots of water. It helps them stay hydrated and provides energy. It also fills up their stomach so they can eat less.

8. Eat Healthy

The last thing is to eat healthy food. Get rid of the fattening junk food and switch them for healthy nuts, dried fruits, salads, grains, and soup.

Avoid purchasing too much junk food and unhealthy food. Instead, replace them with healthier alternatives that taste good while still providing a benefit to your child.

As grownups, it is up to us to set a good example for younger ones and therefore we should make it a point to follow these rules ourselves first.

The move to eating healthier won’t happen overnight. It takes time. However, it is worth it.

Take care of your body when you are young and your body will take care of you when you are old.

Those are the 8 food tips to help your child lead a healthier lifestyle.

Health & Studies

Eating healthy will not only make your child healthier, but it will also sharpen their brain  and enhance their academic focus and concentration.

At LetsPractise, we are fully committed to a healthier and better student body.

Children are the future, and we want to help them out any way we can.

That’s why we have prepared practise test sheets and worksheets for school students. Just like fruits and vegetables enrich the body, our practise papers enrich the brain. It’s time to make your brain healthy.

These papers are for the CBSE, ICSE, IGCSE, SSC, and State Boards. They are on a variety of subjects, such as Mathematics, Science, and Languages. You can view our plans and see for yourself. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the LetsPractise team.

Now, that’s some food for thought!

Make your child practise healthy eating using the above tips and make way for a healthy student life!