09 Oct When Children Face Exam Fever
Examinations are held every year to measure an individual’s knowledge or aptitude. Tests or examinations comprise quantitative assessment procedures that may determine a student’s professional career, that gauges the capability of a child for a particular field or level. Competition has become an inseparable part of our lives. The fear of being put to the test can make students anxious, the mere fact that they have to prove their prowess through an examination makes them vulnerable to stress disorders.
Well known personalities like Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill suffered from examination fever. For some, examination time is synonymous with stress and anxiety, which according to statistics, affect over 40% of the children. These children find it extremely difficult to cope with the idea of appearing for an exams and are often marked by a sense of fear. Though, at times, a minor level of stress can work as a motivating factor for improved performances, stress can also take a serious turn. No matter what it is, whether a simple class test or a board exam, some children are prone to some level of anxiety disorders, which may manifest itself in different forms. Some students may display certain abnormal behavioural traits like becoming irritable or withdrawn, or may even have mood swings.
Some specific physical symptoms in a child may also be visible, like stomach ache, nausea, accelerated heart beats, severe headache and much more. Erratic behaviour can also be evident through certain cognitive or emotional patterns like lack of concentration, low self-esteem, inability to organise simple things and even an extreme fear of failure.
Here are a few positive tips for students to overcome anxiety related to exams:
- Do not underestimate your powers and capabilities, as your actions will speak, not your stress.
- Set a target, and work hard to achieve it. Make a realistic time table.
- Preparations for exams should start well in advance.
- Your notes should be well organised. Devise achievable targets.
- Include several revision schedules in your time table.
- Take adequate breaks in between – take a short walk, listen to music, exercise and spend some time with nature to rejuvenate yourself.
- From parents and guardians, there should be support in the form of giving the students space as well as emotional support. They should refrain from any action which may harm the self-esteem of their child, be it comparing them to other students or comparing marks or grades.
- In the Examination Hall, it is essential not to panic. Have confidence in yourself.
Though there are no short cuts to success, it’s only hard work and determination that will enhance improved results. Student need to develop a plan of action that can address the ‘out of control’ feeling. An essential measure to cope with stress is to try and balance the drive for performance with doing things that are personally meaningful in life.
At SNIS, we believe that every individual needs to develop confidence within themselves and set their goals well in advance. Getting the practical side of things sorted, we create a comfortable study space where students whether at home or in school as boarders manage their physical and emotional sides of things by keeping calm, being active, and eating and sleeping well on time, especially before the exams.