5 Important Tips to Help the Children, Cope With the Examination Related Stress and Anxiety
How to cope up, with the examinations related stress, among the students?
Educating children is a challenging job, both for the parents and the teachers.
During their growing up years, the children are judged by means of the examinations, to determine their academic growth and development.
Most children hate the 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 the students and their parents.
But there are some students, who seem to be relaxed, in the same situation.
Why is it so 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 the Board examinations, planned study is a must, to become successful, as this will decide the career options of the children, for their future.
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5 Tips: How can the parents and the teachers help the students in coping with their exams related stress?
What to do and what not to do:
1. Plan, Prepare, Pursue:
- The CBSE board examinations, need proper and advance planning. You know it beforehand, that this year, you are going to sit for the board examination.
- It‘s with the help and guidance of both the teachers and the parents, that a plan of study should be made, and sincerely followed, thereafter.
- According to the difficulty level of the student, each subject should be allotted the appropriate 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 already 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 the confidence building. You also become aware, 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 examinations, so that you have ample time for the mock tests, and difficulty solving if any, in the areas, you find more troublesome.
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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 some parents, who do not allow their children, to play or go out, if they have their examinations coming up.
- Deep breathing and meditation are good to practice, during this time, if the child has stress related problems.
- It‘s important to do some kind of physical activity for the children, even if it is for 15 to 20 minutes, at 2 to 3 hours intervals.
- Again, it depends on the individual capacity. Some students can sit to study for longer hours, while others have a shorter span of attention. Exercises and physical activities, breaks that monotony.
- Some children rejuvenate by watching their favourite T.V. program, or cartoon shows. There is no harm if they do so. Allow them to take short breaks, from studying.
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‘s important to follow a disciplined life, and have a systematic schedule, for everything in our life, and that includes the 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 issues. Otherwise, it may lead to illness and therefore, affect your studies, and consequently, your performance in the examinations.
- Try to have proper sleep, so that your mind is fresh enough, on the examination day.
- A proper and sound sleep, before the examination day, is a must for that.
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1.This is for the parents:
The parents should stop being anxious themselves. Their anxiousness will make the 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 the anxiety issue, 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 themselves, and plan their study.
4. Do not indulge in the Post Mortem of the question paper, when a particular examination is over. Discourage, even your child to discuss with the friends, as to what he wrote in question no. 5 or 7, for example, and to check, what is the correct answer. Come back home, to prepare for the next examination.
Be a good counsellor to the child.
Many expert Help lines are also available these days, to help both the students and the parents to deal with examination related anxieties.
5. Avoid meeting friends, who only talk negative, and constantly sight, depressing examples.
Remember: The examinations are not the end of life.
Life provides many opportunities to learn, grow and shine.
Do your best.
Forget the rest.
Do you think, parents should help children prepare for their examination?
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2013 Chitrangada Sharan