How To Help Your Child Manage Stress During Exams

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How To Help Your Child Manage Stress During Exams?

Swapna Nair, Education Counsellor & Therapist


Dec 14, 2018 | 3 : 00 PM to 4 : 00 PM

How to identify the early signs of exam stress in your child? Talk to Education Expert Swapna Nair for tips on dealing with exam stress and how to support your child while s/he is revising. Register now and queue up your question for the expert to answer in a live chat on Friday between 3-4pm.


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hello madam my son is 5rs old ,he is very slow in his studies n hyper active does not sit at one pla....

hello madam my son is 5rs old ,he is very slow in his studies n hyper active does not sit at one place ,when iam trying to study him he does not sit and trying to divert his studies he is clever in other activities but not in studies,pls madam suggest me how to control his hyper activity and how to improve his studuies.

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I understand your concern 2018-12-14 14:59:35
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Create daily routines to provide structure. This is most important. Allot time slots for every activity from the time they wake up to sleep. Break directions and tasks into smaller chunks. Prepare checklists, picture schedules and sticky notes to help your child remain focussed, organized and getting things done. Teach them to tick off the tasks as they complete. Use rewards- As they finish the tasks for the day, reward with a glow sticker/star. At the end of the week treat them to an extra hour of play or entertainment 2018-12-14 14:59:40
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Allow for flexibility during homework time for movement breaks. Allot time slots of 30 min (this time can differ based on your child) + 5 min break. During the break allow the child to move or stretch, walk, run, climb stairs, play with the stress ball or kick around a soft ball. Some would like to do art/craft. Keep a side project where the child can keep coming to it during the break. What is important is the movement. Spotting a letter from a given magazine or newspaper article can reinforce focus. Create an organized homework and study area. Keep the study table facing a wall to minimise distraction. 2018-12-14 15:00:05
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Simple Ways to Improve Your Child’s Focus Play “Freeze! Focus!” (a variation of the Statue game) Try playing a round of the game of “Freeze! Focus!” When he’s least expecting it, say, “Freeze! Focus!” and have him freeze in place (start with 10 seconds and build your way up). When time is up, ask him to describe three things he saw while he was frozen. Eventually, you can put up signs around the house that list rules and chores and ask him to focus on them while he’s frozen. Musical moments Try creating a tune to letters while your child is spelling out a word. Clap and chant to a beat to accompany the natural rhythm of your child’s chores. Experiment with your child’s favorite songs for a fun, low-stress way to build concentration. Experimental corner Designate a small area in your house for the following activities so you can say,’ ok now iti s time for us to go to the ‘experimental corner’ In this corner you can do all sorts of puzzles, crossword, scrabble, sudoku with your child. Children usually come up with interesting projects. I know one child who loves to sculpt on chalks. Another one collects matchstick box covers and arranges them interestingly. One child collects dead leaves. So go alongwith yourchild’s interests and and you will be just so amazed. Other activities can be art/craft, martial art, dance, music, robotics etc. 2018-12-14 15:00:55
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Engage your child in houshold chores to channelise his energy. 2018-12-14 15:01:27
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Allow him to help you when you re doing some work. 2018-12-14 15:02:05
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He needs to burn his energy so play is very important. Cycling, running up and down, etc will help lot. 2018-12-14 15:02:45
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Hello mam, my son is 10 years old. he is very intiligent in study and sports also. but he talking so....

Hello mam, my son is 10 years old. he is very intiligent in study and sports also. but he talking so rude..with everyone..just like leaders..he like monitoring and leading. some time he is mischievous behaviour in class. he is never reading lessons or story books. he is very hyper..pls suggest me.

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As he grows there would be changes in his behaviour. Give him examples of good leaders. Since you feel he has leadership skills, tapon that and use his creativity and energy well. A leader is also one who sets examples. Guide him on the expected behaviour. Do not nag him rather use an objective stance. since he is energetic, give him a lot of little tasks to be completed. Appreciate him when he completes 2018-12-14 15:06:05
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Set clear rules and expectations for your child. Create daily routines to provide structure. This is most important. Allot time slots for every activity from the time they wake up to sleep. Break directions and tasks into smaller chunks. Prepare checklists, picture schedules and sticky notes to help your child remain focussed, organized and getting things done. Teach them to tick off the tasks as they complete. Use rewards- As they finish the tasks for the day, reward with a glow sticker/star. At the end of the week treat them to an extra hour of play or entertainment. Allow for flexibility during homework time for movement breaks. Allot time slots of 30 min (this time can differ based on your child) + 5 min break. During the break allow the child to move or stretch, walk, run, climb stairs, play with the stress ball or kick around a soft ball. Some would like to do art/craft. Keep a side project where the child can keep coming to it during the break. What is important is the movement. Spotting a letter from a given magazine or newspaper article can reinforce focus. 2018-12-14 15:06:11
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dear madam, my daughter is going to be 4 years in jan 2019. she joined day care on play scholl in....

dear madam, my daughter is going to be 4 years in jan 2019. she joined day care on play scholl in aug 2017 where till date she is continuing . we got her admission hee in lkg this year as cource of playschool and nurseey was almost similar. now we have check her progress, she is doing decent.my concerns are below: , she writes from left hand ,is that mattee of concern2.Though she recognizes and writes A to Z and 1 to 50 , her handwriting is very poor.3 her story telling skills are very poor i.e her hindi communication is average only...able to speak that is understood by all but not gramtically corect nor long sentences. so Should i repeat lkg for her next year ans leave to hee to cope up . i am worried as i am working lady and duribh weekdays i hardly contribute in her studies.

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Being left handed is of no concern at all. Do make a request to the teacher that she gets to sit always to the left of another child to make it comfortable for her to write. A couple of years later teach her to make therequest herself. Most study tables are designed for right handed people. I am left handed myself so i have a study table made where the drawers are on my left. 2018-12-14 15:09:10
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The quality of writing can be improved as writing is only a skill. Everyday set aside a writing worksheet for her to complete. After you return spend 30 minutes looking at her work and rewarding a star if she has written well. I am sure you can take off 30 minutes to spend with her on her studies. Another 15 minutes can be spent on playing or cuddling up with her. 2018-12-14 15:11:07
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Language ad communication requires consistent daily practice. Also do check if she is finding it difficult to read and write. Is it because she cannot recognise letters and numbers? Then you need to consult a special educator. 2018-12-14 15:12:20
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Please talk to her teachers and see if repeating a year will help her. If not i suggest you don't repeat. You can use weekends to strengthen her concepts. Till she is ten years of age she would need your help and guidance. 2018-12-14 15:13:30
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Himaam. My infant is months now. Can i use walker for him.?

Himaam. My infant is months now. Can i use walker for him.?

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Please avoid a walker. Wait patiently for your child to stand on his own and walk on his own. Do nto be in a hurry. In the USA and UK and other developed nations, walkers are not recommended at all. It is dangerous ( accidents happen easily) and can alter or damage the basic muscles required for walking. Walking is an important stage of development. Allow your child to discover it on his own. 2018-12-14 15:16:03
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how to mmake pleasure to study for my 6years kud,. rather than making a pressure to study?

how to mmake pleasure to study for my 6years kud,. rather than making a pressure to study?

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Studies can be made fun if learning is woven into what they experience in daily life 2018-12-14 15:35:55
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The kitchen can be a great lab for teaching several concepts in language, math and science and culture 2018-12-14 15:36:26
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use games and activities 2018-12-14 15:36:39
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use story telling method 2018-12-14 15:36:52
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Make a daily routine when revision is done daily like homework. Once the concepts are strong, learning will be fun. Use worksheets 2018-12-14 15:38:54
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Allow the child to question, explore, think. Ask questions to make them think. Visit museums, monuments and places of interests to stimulate curiosity. Instill the habit of reading 2018-12-14 15:39:54

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