With exams just around the corner helping our kids to deal with exam anxiety is more important than ever.
Exam anxiety can have ramifications on your child’s performance but there are many actions parents and caregivers can take to support their children during this anxious period and make things a little easier on them. Here are some great ideas to encourage a greater focus on wellbeing for you and your family to help manage exam anxiety.
Formulate A Plan
Make sure your child has a plan. Being as prepared as they can will help your child manage stress when anxious thoughts take over. They will be better equipped to cope and can remind themselves that they have studied and will be OK.
Make A Study Schedule
Help your child break up their study into manageable chunks so they can allow time for breaks, relaxation, and downtime.
Find What Works Best For Your Child
Remember every child learns and works in different ways. Maybe your child prefers reading things over a few times to commit them to memory or maybe they prefer using visual cues. Find the method that helps them feel most in control and at ease.
Encourage Talking To The Teacher
If your child isn’t sure what they’re going to be tested on, or they have concerns about gaps in their knowledge, encourage them to talk to their teacher. Teachers have the knowledge and skill to not only point them in the right direction but ensure that your child feels confident they are studying the right things in the right way.
Make Sure They Eat Properly
Ensuring your child eats properly is important to maintain their focus throughout the day. They will not be able to get as much done if their body is running low on fuel or if they are relying on coffee or sugar to get them through. Make sure they eat lots of nutritious fruit and veggies in the lead-up to the exam and that they have a good square meal beforehand.
Practicing mindfulness will help your child manage their anxieties and stay in the moment so they can focus on the exam and the tasks at hand. To do this, you can help them engage in their senses and become aware of their thoughts, breathing, and sensations in a quiet room, without being distracted by any worries or stresses that are getting them down. Practicing mindfulness gives your body a break from any anxiety about the future and will help minimise the tension they feel during the exam.
Find An Outlet
We all need an outlet when we feel stressed, so helping your child find theirs is super important. This could be anything from exercise, to using a stress ball or even a fidget spinner. If your child has sufficiently prepared for their exam, on the day they may still find the whole experience overwhelming and when it comes time to perform, they may be distracted by their anxiety. Managing their stress and releasing any accumulated tension through regular movement means that they can focus on doing their best and know deep down they’ll be able to copy no matter what happens.
If you need more information during this time, ClickView has created a series of free resources to help give you the tools you need to focus on wellbeing.
About The Author:
Delvene Neilson is a mother, an experienced educator, and also the Head of Customer Success at ClickView. ClickView is an online education company that provides over 4,500 schools, colleges and universities with access to high-quality, relevant, and interactive curriculum-aligned video resources.
Championed as ‘The Netflix of education’, ClickView’s content is used by over 70% of secondary schools in Australia. New video releases are produced in conjunction with subject experts and Australian teachers and added to the library every six weeks. ClickView has been producing and distributing its innovative and impactful video content online since 2003.
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