Learning - Exams | 15-18 yrs

Stressing Over Exam Results

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Taking a test can be daunting and stressful for a child. The pressure of having to perform and live up to the expectations well can give jitters to anyone. Your child’s stress can take various forms such as anxiety, worry, depression and withdrawal. It is very important to help mitigate this stress and assist her in coping with whatever the results might be. After all, exam results, are most often, no determinants of your child’s destiny.

Before she receives her exam results, you can support her through various ways. Firstly, stay positive. You too might be worried about her results, but expressing this worry will only burden her more, probably making her more anxious. In the mental melee of stress, which your child is experiencing, the best way you can help her is by assuring and reassuring that results are not the end of the world, and there are always other opportunities for her to excel.

Even if the results are not as good as expected, don’t spiral into pessimism. “Reassure your child that they still have many options open to them; it might just mean that they take a different route to get what they want,” says an article in My World of Work. Also, do not panic and do not try to take the lead from your child. Encourage your child not to rush into any decisions and to research their options.

“I failed in some subjects in exam, but my friend passed in all. Now he is an engineer in Microsoft, and I am the owner,” said Bill Gates. Though we cannot all become Bill Gates, we can all follow his advise and not stress over failure in exams too much. Flip through this ClipBook to know ways to help your child handle the stress.

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