Contributed by- Dr. Snehal Singh
As the board exams are approaching, the stress level must be increasing for both parents and students. Students often worry about not being able to score good marks which will ultimately stop them from getting admission in their dream college. Many times, due to a particular subject that the student finds tough puts them under a lot of pressure. The fear of scoring bad marks or even failing stops them from performing their best.
Parents act as the support system for their children during this phase. It is the job of the parents to guide their children on how to cope up with examination stress and provide a lot of motivation and inspiration. They should understand the needs of their child and act accordingly.
It is often found that students are not able to find the answer of the question “how to deal with exam stress” and working parents are not able to provide their 100% support due to their hectic schedules. To help you out, here are some methods that can help you to deal with exam stress.
How to deal with exam stress and anxiety?
If you have faith in yourself, dealing with exam stress is not a big deal. All you need to do is prepare well in advance and stay positive. Do not worry about the results. Nothing else matters when you trust yourself. Do not worry about the performance because worry will only make you perform lower than your ability.
Parents should understand that constantly reminding their children about the importance of good marks and comparing them with their cousins and friends will only make them doubt their abilities and in the long run, it also spoils their relations with other children. Every child is special in their own unique way. Academics is just a part of the education and it is not necessary for each child to score 99%.
What are the exam stress symptoms?
- Headaches and migraine
- Muscle tension and body pain
- Appetite changes, abdominal pain
- Constipation or loose motions
- Difficulty sleeping
- Increased irritability and mood swings
- Inability to concentrate
These are the most common exam stress symptoms. Parents should constantly be on the look for such symptoms. Shallow breath, sweaty hands and fast heartbeats are acute symptoms of stress. Such signs of stress should be dealt with immediately. If they are left unaddressed, they can have an impact on the performance during the exam. In the long run, stress can also take a toll on health as well. Parents should always stay attentive and encourage their children in every way possible.
Exam stress management tips for students
Feeling stressed will do no good. It will impact the performance and will make you doubt your own abilities. Just small changes in the lifestyle and complete preparation can help you a lot to cope with examination stress. All you need to do is have a proper study schedule and alongside also prepare a stress management schedule.
- Always be well prepared. Learn the exam pattern and be aware of the type of questions asked in previous years. It will help to prepare accordingly and will make you more confident.
- Use available resources effectively. If you need more help, tell your parents. They will guide you or arrange for it. Have experts guide, in case of doubts.
- Consistency is the key. Practice and revise on regular basis. Follow your study schedule.
- Be attentive to what your body might be telling you. If you feel tired, have rest. Do not over-work yourself as this will only add to your mental and physical stress.
- Avoid discussing question paper once you leave the exam hall. What’s done is done and cannot be changed. Instead, focus on the next exam.
Exams just test your skills in every way. Throughout life, we are tested in some way or the other. Knowing how to manage stress level will not only help you perform better in the boards but it will also make you a better performer throughout your life.
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