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Exam Tension

11 to 16 years

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Updated on Feb 18, 2020

My niece is 15 years and she is appearing for her first board exams this year. She is a bright student but the she gets tensed at the time of examination and commits silly mistakes. Her parents are worried about this problem. Please suggest some measures.

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| Feb 18, 2020

Hi Sugandha ! Give her timed test papers,which u could sit and correct with her. or u could even take the help of an expert. She could also solve previous year sample papers. Tell her to focus on revision and stay calm. Sleeping early and waking up early during exam time is a best advice all parents can give to the children. Avoid taking last minute stress. The parent should also not put stress by talking about marks and performance. Focus on giving child a good diet, maintaining hydration and give them healthy snacks to munch on. This would ease out some anxiety that they are going through.

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| Feb 18, 2020

Hi Sugandha, Exam times stress is inevitable but when it starts affecting performance it becomes a cause of worry. There are many steps that one can take to alleviate stress such as: ONE: when exams are approaching just do not touch new topics rather revise previous ones. Focusing on new topics at the last moment would create anxiety and thereby stress. TWO: make a good time table in which there is time of rest as well as relaxation. If mind gets tired it would stop taking further messages and would rather create confusion and tension. THREE: do utilize early morning hours as mind is fresh and very receptive and call it a day early at night say by 10 or 10. 30 pm. FOUR: do not revise just one subject one day , focus on 2 and subject too. This would take away boredom as well as u will b able to cover two subjects simultaneously. FIVE: Practice model test papers with watch on time. Get it checked and make sure u do not repeat mistakes next time. SIX: Keep yourself hydrated , have fruits in between. This will rejuvenate u. SEVEN: do stretching excercise or a stroll in d corridor or something that u like to do in between. Thus will again charge u up. EIGhT: discuss your anxieties with a friend or parents or siblings with whom u feel comfortable opening up. NINE: tell yourself u have done your bit and 'U CAN DO IT' , TEN: revise your paper at least once before submitting. There is advise for parents too. Please do not put pressure on your child, never do comparison with other kids/ siblings. Try to motivate them by telling them they are doing their job really well. Go to their rooms to give water, fruits in between to check on child's well being and motivate too. Keep minimum distractions at home. And never let your anxieties regarding exams pass on to the child. Just tell them they can do it. This should work!  

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