How to Tackle Exam Stress for Children?

In this article I am discussing the reasons that make children stressed during exams. Children now-a-days lead a stressful life and often they fall prey to exam stress and cannot perform well in exam. Here you will find ways how to tackle exam stress.

Stress is buzzword for every parent and child during exam-time or during preparation. Most of the time it happens due to parents behaviour when they do not know that children are highly influenced by their over-the-top expectations from children. Children unknowingly succumbs to the stress and as a result they often fail to show expected results in exam or just fall prey to nervous breakdown.

Symptoms of stress during exam

  • Your child is very good at study, but suddenly they say that they are not prepared for the coming exam.
  • Your child fells ill just at the beginning of exam.
  • When exam begins they catch fever or vomitting without any apparent reason.
  • Children may show more interest in TV shows or video games which keeps them away from the thought of study or exam.

How to deal with exam stress for children:

Parents can do a lot to keep stress away from child. Stress is something which never help to do better in exams. Many parents think that if children do not get the feeling of exam-phobia they will notdo well in exam. But this exam-phobia only have negative impact. This can have long-term impact on child-health or their educational future. Here I am giving some tips for parents to tackle stress during exam for children.

Ways to tackle exam stress and help children score better in exam.

  • From the beginning of educational session help children to study regularly. Spending time regularly with children, helping them in completing their projects and homeworks etc. will boost their confidence
  • Conduct home exam from time to time or at the finishing of each chapter. But do not need to go overboard or too regular at that.
  • When the exam routine comes, don't show that something horrible is coming. Just let your child be normal. Allow to play normal way.
  • Tell him the ways how to score well in the written exam,like how to take a quick perusal at the exam paper, how to write answers etc. Don't say that you must remember these tips to do well in the exam. Just remind these to the kids.
  • Help them unwinding by fun-games with family during exam preparation. This will recharge their brain to tackle exam-stress.
  • Regular practice of maths helps them to feel control over the subject.
  • Avoid giving spicy food and more protein during exam, which have adverse affect on their metabolism and child feel tired. Instead give them food that can be easily digested.

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Author: RAJESH.R19 Apr 2011 Member Level: Bronze   Points : 1

Hi Runa,

Many parents keep on insisting their children to study all time with no fun and leisure during the exam days. They don't understand how stressful it is for their children. In many houses, watching TV is considered as a big sin during exam days. I hope they will read your article and balance the studies with relaxing methods and help their children perform better in the exams.

Guest Author: Merin23 Jun 2013

You are absolutely right. Exams are not meant to be a stressful period for the children. Rather, it should be the time for the children to express what they learnt. By properly managing the time, students can very well include some time for fun and watching TV during exam days.

Yoga is absolutely the best way to reduce stress and recharge their brain.

Author: Adesola Adeyeye04 Oct 2013 Member Level: Gold   Points : 2

It is very ideal for the parents to really encourage their kids or children to excess in examinations. The encouragement should come from the home front and they should be adequately motivated to excel in exams.

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