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How to Help Children Cope With Examination Stress and Anxiety
How To Cope Up With Examination Related Stress?
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- Educating children is a challenging job, both for parents and teachers.
- During their growing up years, the children are judged through examinations to determine their academic growth and development.
- Most children hate examinations, but the examinations are a reality and can not be avoided.
- As soon as the examination dates are announced, one can notice a state of anxiety in students and their parents.
- But there are some students who seem relaxed in the same situation.
- Why is it that some parents and children are able to cope up the examination related stress, while others can not.
- Recalling my own experience, when my children took their board examinations, I can tell one thing with full conviction----Prior and proper planning is a must for the crucial examinations.
- When we talk of Board examinations, planned study is a must to become successful, as this will decide the career options of the children for future.
Tips For Parents And Students!
What TO DO or What NOT TO DO:
1. PLAN, PREPARE, PURSUE
- CBSE board examinations needs proper and advance planning. You know it beforehand that this year you are going to sit for board examination.
- It is with the help and guidance of both the teachers and the parents that a plan of study should be made and sincerely followed.
- According to the difficulty level of the student, each subject should be allotted time of study.
- Thorough study, understanding, revision, clearing doubts and testing should all be included in your plan.
- Have someone to test, what you have learnt.
- Solving previous years question papers is a good idea. Appearing in 'Mock tests' at home or along with few of your friends is very good for confidence building. You also come to know, in what areas you are lacking or which part of the subject needs improvement.
- You should try to finish your first revision at least two months before the actual examination, so that you have ample time for mock tests and difficulty solving if any, in the areas you find more troublesome.
2. Know Your Strengths And Weaknesses:
- There are some who find Mathematics easy, and get good marks in that, while there are others, who find language and humanities easy and do well in those subjects.
- Be Realistic----Identify your strong and weak points and work accordingly. Each one of us have different aptitude. You and your parents should know about your capabilities and should not over expect.
- An average student cannot become a topper overnight.
- Set realistic and achievable goals. This will prevent future disappointments.
3. Exercise and Entertainment:
- I have seen parents, who do not allow their children, to play or going out, if they have their examinations coming up.
- Deep breathing and meditation are good to follow during this time, if the child has stress related problems.
- It is very important to do some kind of physical activity for children, even if it is for 15 to 20 minutes at 2 to 3 hours intervals.
- Again it depends on individual capacity. Some students can sit to study for long hours, while others have a shorter span of attention. Exercise breaks that monotony.
- Some children rejuvenate by watching their favourite T.V. program or cartoons. There is no harm if they do so. Allow them to take breaks.
Remember, howsoever hard you may study, your real test is in those 3 hours in the examination hall, your presence of mind, your speed as well as accuracy will determine your marks.
4. Take Light Food And Proper Sleep:
- It is very important to follow a disciplined life and have a systematic schedule for everything and that includes food and sleep as well.
- Eating light and easily digestible food is a must so that you do not have digestion or any other health related issue. Otherwise it may lead to illness and therefore affect your studies and consequently your examination.
- Have proper sleep so that your mind is fresh enough on the examination day.
- And a proper and sound sleep before examination day is a must for that.
CBSE Board Examination Tips to Prepare, source; You tube
1.This is for parents:
---Stop being anxious yourself. You anxiousness will make your child even more anxious.
2. Do not compare your child with other children. And do not get bogged down by what others have done or might be doing. This builds up anxiety in the child as well as you.
3. Keep your supervision on your child, but do not make him/ her overly dependent on you. Let them decide and plan their study.
4. Do not indulge in 'Post Mortem', when a particular examination is over. Discourage even your child to discuss with friends, as to what he wrote in question no. 5 and what is the correct answer. Come home to prepare for next examination.
Be a good Counselor to them.
Many expert Help lines are also available these days, to help both students and parents to deal with examination anxieties.
5. Avoid meeting friends who talk negative and constantly sight depressing examples.
REMEMBER EXAMINATION IS NOT THE END OF LIFE......LIFE GIVES MANY OPPORTUNITIES.
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