With schools and colleges placing so much emphasis on testing, it is no wonder that up to 20% of students experience high anxiety before exams. If your child is often overwhelmed by tests, it can create a self-fulfilling prophecy if they get a bad grade. While test prep programs are a great way to reinforce the knowledge needed to pass an exam, there are a few other techniques students can use before the big day. Here are three strategies your children can do at home to help reduce stress.
Athletes do not walk onto the field without doing any preparatory work, so why shouldn’t your children take the same approach to testing? During the days leading up to the exam, make sure your child gets a sufficient amount of sleep every night. Adjust their diet to make sure it is rich in nutrients and low in fats and added sugars. Reinforce everything with regular exercise to boost endorphins and make sure they are ready to sleep in the evening.
When emotions get high in the days leading up to a big exam, it is a good idea for your child to do something to take their mind off of the test for a few minutes. While distractions can have a positive impact, it is important to make sure they do not turn into procrastination. Instead of turning on the television for a few minutes, encourage your child to take advantage of smaller activities such as playing with a stress ball, using a fidget spinner, or chewing gum.
If the stress is still too much to handle, stop everything, take a deep breath, and let your body unwind. Have your child close their eyes and inhale slowly for a steady three-count before exhaling over five seconds. Not only can this allow your child to step away from the situation for a few minutes, but it can also slow the heartbeat and bring a sense of focus that could help with the exam.
When home remedies for exam stress still do not cut it, do not be afraid to ask for help from a professional. At Best in Class Education Center, we have helped students prepare for exams for more than 20 years, and we are ready to work with your child. To learn about programs available in your area, including test prep programs, use our easy online contact form today.