As the year is ending, so are school/college/university terms in most parts of Pakistan. Exam fever is in the air. This time of the year brings anxiety and stress for all parties; students, teachers, and parents. We cannot get rid of this stress but we can find ways to minimize it.
Exam tips for students:
Here are a few tips for your children of all ages to help them cope with exam stress
A healthy diet
don’t let your child be hangry! It means you are angry and hungry. This results in slow brain functioning.
A good night’s sleep
Sleep restores memory and strengthens the immune system. It reduces stress.
Teach your children a few yoga breathing exercises that can help them relax and feel more confident about themselves.
Ensure your children praying on time and regularly. This will enable them to take a break and ask the Creator of the universe for help!
Revision postcards / Points
Help them make some short notes in the form of postcards or main points for that last revision. They can revise what they have learnt thoroughly with these postcards.
As a parent what you need to do
If your children need help, be there for them. If they can manage on their own, stay out of their way! Keep a check on them, talk to their teachers about the progress. If they can manage on their own, that’s great! Just make yourself available if they ask for your support. Letting your kids make their own mistakes will make them responsible for their own actions.
Try to avoid saying things like the following, a day before and on the exam day
- ‘I told you to revise this also’,
- ‘you should have listened to me’,
- ‘now nothing can be done.’
They are already nervous. Hence, negative comments will further add to their miseries. Tell them
- You can do it. I know you can.
- Everything will be fine. Don’t worry.
- I am praying for you.
- Concentrate on your exam and leave the rest to Allah.
- All the best!
Getting good grades is very important. However, what is more, important is that your children play fair, they learn from their studies and that they turn out to be good human beings. Let them fight their own struggles and just coach them. Let them become independent and make their own decisions.
Teach them important tools like read your paper thoroughly after completing it, don’t rush through the paper, say your prayers before starting the paper, ask the teacher for clarification if you are not clear on a question.
If they come home disappointed, don’t remind them of their shortcomings. Tell them its okay. Everyone makes mistakes and you need to learn from your failures to succeed.
“Failure is not a permanent experience; you must rise above it and choose to be better than you were a moment ago. Changing and growing is what makes you win.”
Teach your children to look beyond the present moment. Don’t let them dwell over failures. They should learn from their mistakes so that they don’t repeat them in the future.
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