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5 Important Tips to Help the Children, Cope With the Examination Related Stress and Anxiety

Updated on February 7, 2020
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Being a parent and teacher,Chitrangada writes with practical understanding and experience about parenting issues and also provides solutions

Help your child, to deal with the examination related stress or anxiety.
Help your child, to deal with the examination related stress or anxiety. | Source

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.

How to deal with the examinations related stress?
How to deal with the examinations related stress? | Source

I failed in some subjects, in exams. But my friend passed in all. Now he is an engineer in Microsoft, and I am the owner of Microsoft.

—Bill Gates.

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:

The Do’s:

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.

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

Hey Google! Why don’t you sit next to me, during my examinations?

—Author unknown.

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.

—Chitrangada Sharan

Children need emotional support of the parents and teachers during their examinations. Be available to them.
Children need emotional support of the parents and teachers during their examinations. Be available to them. | Source

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.

How to prepare for examinations: source: You tube

The Don'ts:

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.

Don’t stress.

Do your best.

Forget the rest.

—Author unknown.

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You will be fine, CBSE Board examination: You tube

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


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    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years 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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      Shaloo Walia 

      4 years ago from India

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

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years 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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      Nithya Venkat 

      4 years 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.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 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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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 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.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 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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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Excellent advice! Test anxiety is very manageable!

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 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!

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 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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      Tori Canonge 

      5 years ago from North Carolina

      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.

    • Daisy Mariposa profile image

      Daisy Mariposa 

      5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)


      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.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      7 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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      7 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

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      7 years ago from New Delhi, India

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

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      Devika Primić 

      7 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

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

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      7 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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      Shrikrishna Potdar 

      7 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.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks MarieAlana, for stopping by and commenting.

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      Marie Alana 

      7 years ago from Ohio

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


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