Exam season can be stressful for children. Is your child able to cope with pressure and anxiety during this time? Find out how to help your child deal with exam stress
Stress during or just before examinations is a reality that most students face. There are many children who are unsure how to handle exam stress. Parents also get anxious about marks and performance and are likely to transfer their anxiety to their children. The pressure to perform well and sometimes, the constant push from parents may make children panicky and stressed as the date of the tests draws near.
A study conducted by the pediatrics department of the Sawai Man Singh Medical College, Jaipur, which was published in the National Journal of Integrated Research in Medicine (Times of India, 29 July 2016) revealed this - that more than 82 percent of students had high-stress levels just a week before the start of tests. The study mostly focused on adolescent children.
There is no doubt that exams can be stressful for both the student and the parent. The key to deal with examination stress is to not get bogged down, apply time management techniques, get enough sleep and take frequent breaks from long hours of studying.
We asked some school-going children of various age groups to tell us what they do to beat exam stress. We have listed the 7 fun ways these kids de-stress during exams. Your child can also try out these simple tips to deal with exam stress.
"Whenever I want to take a break from studying and do something fun, I watch Doraemon on television, and then I feel stress-free. My brother Karthik, never gets stressed but he too enjoys watching Doraemon with me," says Sakshi Rao Varam, a class 12 student.
"I love dancing because it takes my mind off exams. In fact, even during my tests, I go for dance practice. Otherwise, I take breaks while studying to cycle or play a game of badminton outdoors," says 10-year-old Aditi Prabhu.
"The best way for me to beat exam stress is playing football. It helps me relax. When I am at home, then it is dancing. After hours of studying, it really takes my mind off the pressure," says 14-year-old Naomi Kurian.
"Cooking is a great stress-buster. When I want to take my mind off all the studying, I love to cook or help my mother in the kitchen. Otherwise, I take a break and relax by working on some minor art project, which leaves me refreshed. Then, I don't feel the tension so much," says Hannah Thomas, a class 7 student.
"I don't really get worried during tests because I have to only solve worksheets. But I take a break from studying and play with building blocks once in a while. I also go cycling to relax," says six-year-old Atreya Nayak.
"I rarely feel stressed out during examinations. But studying continuously makes me feel tired sometimes. So, I take breaks in between lessons and start doodling. I make some simple sketches or pencil drawings while watching outside the window. This makes me feel relaxed," says 11-year-old V Saakshath.
"Chess is my favorite fun activity during exams. Whenever I am feeling too stressed out while studying for the test, I take out my chessboard and ask my mother to play a game with me. Sometimes, we play monopoly," says Ahaan, a fourth standard student.
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