Exam time can be stressful for your child and the entire family, and while a small amount of stress can help your child to stay focused, too much can have the opposite effect.
There are things your child can do to alleviate the effects of exam stress. The key is to be prepared and have strategies to help relieve the symptoms.
Here are six ways to help your child manage stress during exams:
- Be organised: Have an organised study area that is neat and tidy where you have everything at hand. Have a plan for your study and allocate sufficient time to prepare notes and practice past papers. Try not to cram. Pack everything you need for an exam the night before e.g. sharpened pencils, pens, tissues etc.
- Stick to a routine: Have a routine, that includes regular rest periods, and stick to it for study, mealtimes, sleep and exercise. Maintaining regular exercise will keep you focused and help to relieve stress and pressure. Eat a well-balanced diet. Avoid drinking excess coffee, tea and energy drinks. Go for high protein foods rather than high sugar foods, the sugar boost is often short-lived.
- Keep your environment calm: Try to remain centred by avoiding people who may make you nervous and worried.
- Practise deep, controlled breathing
If you find yourself panicking in an exam, stop and take time to breathe. Slowly count to five as you breathe in through your nose, and again as you breathe out through your mouth.
Read the exam paper carefully, and each question three times to make sure you are not missing anything. Plan your time well, and reread and check your answers if time allows.
- Don’t compare
Avoid comparing answers with classmates. You can’t change them once the paper has been submitted and the exam is over, so don’t revisit it. It can cause more stress and worry.
Our experienced and enthusiastic team encourage and inspire students to reach their full academic potential and to become the best they can be. Esperance Anglican Community School is dedicated to helping our students flourish through open parent/teacher communication. If you or your child have a question about the exams or how to manage stress during exams, be sure to speak to your Principal.
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