Saturday, 20 May 2017

Tips On Coping With Exam Stress With NSPCC

Tilly may only be 7 years old and to me, she is still a baby. Yet she has to cope with exams at school this week. They can dress it up and say its only SATS, but they are tests to measure her abilities. This is undue stress that my child is put under and I actually don't agree with the system. I think it might be something to do with the fact that I have older children too and I have seen them go through the school system ad seen how exam stress can affect them and leave them feeling like they have depression, anxiety, panic attacks, excessive crying, low self-esteem, self-harming and suicidal thoughts, or even make pre-existing mental health conditions worse. It's not them being dramatic, it's a real thing and I have seen my kids suffer from illnesses, anxiety and low self-esteem.


Luckily there is help at hand from NSPCC, who will offer advice to your child about exam stress and they can call Childline for confidential support and advice, 24 hours a day on 0800 1111 or look online at www.childline.org.uk, they have also given us some tips on how to help your child to cope with the exam stress and how to help them to revise. If you support them through the exams, they will have a more positive attitude towards the exams and if we help with their mindset, then that will have a positive impact on how they cope with exams too. Rebecca from rebeccaadamsbiz.com is a mindset coach and she will offer advice, you can also find her on Facebook



There are also A series of videos dedicated to helping young people through exams are also available on Childline’s YouTube channel. 

We have some tips here to help your child throught the stress of exams. No parent is super human, so if your child is struggling try not to beat yourself up over it. Support them and let them know that you ar ethere for them. Good luck to all parents and children as they enter the exam season
  • Make sure they take regular breaks from revising and do some exercise
  • Get them to go to bed at a reasonable time and try and encourage them to get some sleep
  • Get them to think positively – even they don’t feel like it, a positive attitude will help them during their revision
  • Remind them that everyone's different - tell them not to compare themselves to their friend
  • Don’t place unnecessary pressure on your children to gain certain grades
  • Help them revise by leaving them space and time to do so
  • Be supportive and help alleviate their worries by talking to them
  • Have your own revision timetable – start planning well before exams begin
  • Make their books, notes and essays user-friendly. Use headings, highlighting and revision cards, and get tips on other revision techniques from teachers and friends with experience of exams. Offer them your tips and tell them of your experience of exams
  • Get them to make bullet points or mind maps of their notes and important points when revising.  This way its easier for them to remember
  •  Everyone revises differently. Find out what routine suits them best and encourage that routine
  • Get them to eat a good breakfast - Before they leave home to make sure they eat a healthy breakfast to keep their mind and body working for the exam days ahead.
Dame Esther Rantzen, Founder and President of Childline, has this to say about children coping with exam stress: “I am very distressed that so many young people are turning to Childline because they have nobody else to confide in safely when they are desperately anxious.We need to recognise how stressful exams can be, and reassure our young people and support them through these tough times which I remember only too well in my life, and my children’s lives.”

Good luck to all of the children taking exams at the moment, exams don't define you as a person and if you don't get the grade you wanted, you can always retake them. 

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