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Help your child overcome their exam stress

Start Date: 27-01-2020
End Date: 09-03-2020

The thought of board exams nearing may lead to stress to many students and parents. At times, it is often seen that students suffer the most due to their lack of stress management ...

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The thought of board exams nearing may lead to stress to many students and parents. At times, it is often seen that students suffer the most due to their lack of stress management skill, leading to physical and psychological distress in the form of anxiety, overthinking, eyes strain and even body ache, which hampers their performance in exams.

Besides, some parents are too much consumed by the idea of being their children to be one of the best performers in their batch or school or their neighbourhood. The children are pushed into a rat race that sometimes leads to serious repercussions.

MyGov Assam, in order to de-stress the board examinees, is inviting ideas from parents, teachers and all others concerned to exchange their ideas and tips on overcoming exam stress so that the students perform their best.

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Bhawna 4 weeks 15 hours ago

When to get help
Some young people feel much better when exams are over, but that's not the case for all young people.

Get help if your child's anxiety or low mood is severe, persists and interferes with their everyday life. Seeing a GP is a good place to start.

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Bhawna 4 weeks 15 hours ago

Make time for treats
With your child, think about rewards for doing revision and getting through each exam.

Rewards do not need to be big or expensive. They can include simple things like making their favourite meal or watching TV.

When the exams are over, help your child celebrate by organising an end-of-exams treat.

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Bhawna 4 weeks 15 hours ago

Before they go in for a test or exam, be reassuring and positive. Let them know that failing is not the end of the world. If things do not go well they may be able to take the exam again.

After each exam, encourage your child to talk it through with you. Discuss the parts that went well rather than focusing on the questions they found difficult. Then move on and focus on the next test, rather than dwelling on things that cannot be changed.

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Bhawna 4 weeks 15 hours ago

Do not add to the pressure
Support group Childline says many children who contact them feel that most pressure at exam time comes from their family.

Listen to your child, give them support and avoid criticism.

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Bhawna 4 weeks 15 hours ago

Encourage exercise during exams
Exercise can help boost energy levels, clear the mind and relieve stress. It does not matter what it is – walking, cycling, swimming, football and dancing are all effective.

Activities that involve other people can be particularly helpful.

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Bhawna 4 weeks 15 hours ago

For example, this may involve doing practice papers under exam conditions or seeing the exam hall beforehand. School staff should be able to help with this.

Help your child face their fears and see these activities through, rather than avoiding them.

Encourage them to think about what they know and the time they've already put into studying to help them feel more confident.

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Bhawna 4 weeks 15 hours ago

Talk about exam nerves
Remind your child that it's normal to feel anxious. Nervousness is a natural reaction to exams. The key is to put these nerves to positive use.

If anxiety is getting in the way rather than helping, encourage your child to practise the activities they'll be doing on the day of the exam. This will help it feel less scary.

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Bhawna 4 weeks 15 hours ago

Help them come up with practical ideas that will help them revise, such as drawing up a revision schedule or getting hold of past papers for practice.

To motivate your child, encourage them to think about their goals in life and see how their revision and exams are related to them.

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Bhawna 4 weeks 15 hours ago

Be flexible during exams
Be flexible around exam time. When your child is revising all day, do not worry about household jobs left undone or untidy bedrooms.

Staying calm yourself can help. Remember, exams do not last forever.