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Examination Stress: How To Help Children Cope With Examination Anxiety!

Updated on February 4, 2017
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Being a parent and teacher,Chitrangada writes with practical understanding and experience about parenting issues and also provides solutions

Helping children deal with examination related stress.
Helping children deal with examination related stress. | Source

CBSE Board Examinations: How To Cope Up With Examination Related Stress?

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  • Educating children is a challenging job.
  • From time to time, the children have to be judged as well, in the form of examinations.
  • Most children hate examinations, but the examinations are a reality and can not be avoided.
  • The CBSE Board examinations dates have been announced all over India.
  • Many of the Parents and students are in a state of anxiety, while others look relaxed.
  • Why is it that some parents and children are able to cope up the examination day 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 these crucial examinations, which makes you decide your career plans.

Helping children cope with examination stress.
Helping children cope with examination stress. | Source

Tips For Parents And Students!

What TO DO or What NOT TO DO:

THE DO'S:

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.

How to help your child to cope with examination related stress. Tips to follow
How to help your child to cope with examination related stress. Tips to follow | Source

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.

Help your child deal with examination related anxiety by being organised and systematic in studies
Help your child deal with examination related anxiety by being organised and systematic in studies | Source

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.

Do you think, parents should help children prepare for their examination?

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The Don'ts:

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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      Marie Alana 4 years ago from Ohio

      Examination stress is tough. It is especially tough in that part of the world.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks MarieAlana, for stopping by and commenting.

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      Shrikrishna Potdar 4 years ago from Bangalore

      A perfect post at perfect timing for students. This is like a proper guide for students & their parents who are tensed & are preparing for exams. Thanks for this post.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Shrikrishnap, for visiting and commenting. You are right about the timing. I remember when my children took the board examination.

      Thanks and have a good day!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Brilliantly approached on stress caused by examinations, you handled this topic so well. Voted up, and useful

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks DDE, for visiting and commenting. Thanks for voting up and words of appreciation.

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      krushnach80 3 years ago

      I agree lot of stress during CBSE 10th and 12th board exam and I have felt the pressure of scoring good percentage in both exam ,and those two months are like most terrible period of life either you make it or break it as Indian parents are never satisfied ,and one way our education system in purely responsible for all these kind of ruckus ,but now the scenario has changed till 10th std CBSE students have the choice to write or not write the exam.Fact is our education system should stress on LEARNING not on reading as my teacher would complain to my parents "aap ka baccha padhta hin nahin hai" they never said to my parents that your kid is not "LEARNING" rather "READING" that is the root cause of all these problem exam stress ,some times suicide

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks krushnach80, for reading this hub and sharing your views and experiences. I agree with you that there are many demerits in the education system, which need to be corrected for the welfare of the children.

      Many thanks for your comments!

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      Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Chitrangada,

      Thanks for publishing this very informative article. It shows me that stress related to exams is not something found in just one country. It's everywhere.

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      Tori Canonge 2 years ago from California

      I really like how you talked about allowing children to exercise and play for awhile. I think this is SO important because even as an adult, I need to get up and move around every once in a while.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Daisy!

      Thanks for appreciating the hub! And I agree that examination related stress is universal. It would not be wrong to say that it is increasing day by day. Children are living in complete stressful conditions, because even after getting good marks there is no guarantee of getting admission in reputed, so called good schools.

      So grateful to you for sharing this on HP, G+ and twitter. Thanks!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Torss13, for stopping by!

      The children of today are mostly stressed and exercise and fitness is necessary to relieve the anxieties they have. As it is, there is lot of addiction for electronic gadgets or the Internet. Whereas what they really need is physical and mental fitness to deal with any unfavorable situations they may encounter.

      Thank you so much for reading this article!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Excellent advice! Test anxiety is very manageable!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi AudreyHowitt!

      Thanks for reading and commenting! You are right, test anxiety is manageable with the support of parents and teachers.

      Thanks for sharing the hub!

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Exams are stressful no matter what age and having the support to overcome the anxiety is so valuable. Parents, as you wrote, can help children successfully tackle this dreadful experience and make it a more positive approach to learnig. Great article and will help many families out there to understand the process.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you teaches12345, for your words of wisdom!

      Sometimes I feel bad for the children, considering the stress they undergo, if the families are not supportive. It is the responsibility of the grown ups to handle such situations, so that the children do not start thinking that bad results may be the end of their life.

      Thanks for your insightful comments!

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      Nithya Venkat 14 months ago from Dubai

      Great guide to help children manage with exam stress. Nowadays scoring marks to get into good colleges with so many reservations in India has become real tough. Parents should help children in every way they can and not pressurize them to get high scores.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 14 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Nithya, for reading and commenting on this hub!

      This topic is very close to my heart and I feel very strongly about it being a parent as well as a teacher.

      I agree with your observation about reservations in admissions and jobs. There is cut throat competition and even after scoring very high percentage there is no guarantee of admission of choice.

      Children have to work really hard and they constantly need encouragement, motivation and support from their parents and children.

      Appreciate your visit and comments! Thank you!

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      Shaloo Walia 13 months ago

      My son's board exams are going on and I can so relate to this hub. Valuable tips!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 13 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Shaloo, for reading and commenting!

      Glad you liked the hub. Please convey my best wishes to your son for his board examination------I remember my days----!

      Thank you!

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