#CBSE2019: How can parents help students deal with board-exam stress?
The 2018-19 CBSE Board Examinations for Classes 10 and 12 are set to commence from 15 February. Exam time can be stressful for both students and their parents too. The exams are barely days away and during this time, parents play a crucial role in helping children cope with exam stress. Here's how parents can help Class-10 and Class-12 students deal with examination stress.
Firstly, it is important for parents to know if their children are stressed out or showing any signs or stress. Children might not open up about their exam stress; so, parents must first look for any signs, like anxiety, tension, irritation, depression, isolation, etc., and then talk to them. They should understand that showing their support can work wonders for their kid's performance.
A proper timetable and planning are very important to prepare well for board exams. Parents can help their children create a good study timetable, ensuring they have sufficient time to revise all the subjects. They should also allow some time for their kids to relax and take breaks in between study sessions. They should let them study or revise at their own pace.
Parents should help their children cope with pressure during the stressful exam time. As pressure mounts on them, students might get tensed and look up to parents for support and help. They must encourage their children with a positive attitude and help them deal with stress. Also, parents should ensure children aren't isolated and see that they interact normally with family or friends.
Parents can also assist children in studying for the exams. They can sit with them and clear any doubts they have or suggest ways to better their performance and avoid mistakes. They should ensure that their kids take breaks, eat healthy, relax, and get sufficient sleep too. They shouldn't force students to study for longer periods as it might affect their health negatively.
To reduce tension during exams, parents should never mount pressure, compare their children with others, or scold them; they should realize that students have their own abilities and accept them. Stress management during exam time is also essential. While it is good to encourage kids to study and perform well in exams, parents shouldn't force students to achieve something that is impossible for them.