Sheetal SaxenaMar 12, 2011
My children aged 12 and 14 both develop ill health during exams. Really dont know how to handle this...
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Jayesh Sanghvi - semesters are here B-)
tension ka season hai bhai...
Oct 13, 2011

Jayesh Sanghvi - Hi Jayesh, (and others who are having sleepless nights and are all cramming up for the tests)
With the mid-terms around the corner, something that will help you geared up is a thought that vacations will soon be here and these following tips to deal with the exam anxiety.
In order to overcome exam anxiety, you need to work on what you have control over when it comes to exams how you study, what you study, etc.), and not worry about what you can’t control (kinds of questions, number of questions, how other students perform, etc.).
Some tips:
@ Be prepared early.Many students find that their test anxiety is reduced when they start to study better or more regularly. It makes sense — the more you know the material, the more confident you'll feel. Having confidence going into a test means you expect to do well. When you expect to do well, you'll be able to relax into a test after the normal first-moment jitters pass.
@Use a little stress to your advantage. Instead of reacting to the stress by dreading, complaining, or fretting about the test with friends, take an active approach.
@Ask for help. If anxiety is taking a toll on you by going blank etc then your stress levels need attention.Your teacher, your school guidance counselor, or a tutor can be useful resources to talk to if you always get extreme test anxiety.
@Watch what you're thinking. If expecting to do well on a test can help you relax, what about when people expect they won't do well? Watch out for any negative messages you might be sending yourself about the test. They can contribute to your anxiety.
If you find yourself thinking negative thoughts ("I'm never any good at taking tests" or "It's going to be terrible if I do badly on this test"), replace them with positive messages. Not unrealistic positive messages, of course, but ones that are practical and true, such as "I've studied hard and I know the material, so I'm ready to do the best I can." (Of course, if you haven't studied, this message won't help!)
@Accept mistakes. Another thing you can do is to learn to keep mistakes in perspective — especially if you're a perfectionist or you tend to be hard on yourself. Everyone makes mistakes, and you may have even heard teachers refer to mistakes as "learning opportunities." Learning to tolerate small failures and mistakes is a valuable skill.
@Take care of yourself. It can help to learn ways to calm yourself down and get centered when you're tense or anxious. For some people, this might mean learning a simple breathing exercise. Practicing breathing exercises regularly (when you're not stressed out) helps your body see these exercises as a signal to relax.
And, of course, taking care of your health — such as getting enough sleep, exercise, and healthy eats before a test — can help keep your mind working at its best.

Everything takes time and practice, and learning to beat test anxiety is no different. Although it won't go away overnight, facing and dealing with test anxiety will help you learn stress management, which can prove to be a valuable skill in many situations besides taking tests.

Hope this helps.

All the best and DO WELL!
Oct 13, 2011

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