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Causes of Exam Stress in Children



Parents expect a lot from their children and therefore pressurise them to perform well in exams. However, keeping high expectations and pressurising children during exams can cause exam stress in them. Read on to know more about the causes of exam stress in children.


It is natural for children who are preparing for exams to be under pressure. This pressure gets translated into bouts of anxiety that leads to nervousness which works in combination and is commonly referred to as exam stress.

A certain amount of stress is rather considered to be effective and beneficial as it leads to alertness and careful behaviour in terms of revision of overlooked chapters before the exams. It thus helps children in adequate preparations but when it spirals out of control, it can have disastrous effects on them. It might lead to poor performance.

In order to determine whether the exam stress is beneficial or not or whether stress has reached dangerous proportions in your child, it is advisable to ponder on the causes of stress in children. This will help you take careful and timely decisions.


Inadequate Preparation
 

This is by far the most common and relative reason that causes exam pressure in children. If your child is underprepared, he or she will obviously be unsure about his or her performance. If any part of the study material is left uncovered, feelings of anxiety is natural. Further, last minute studying also enhances this anxiety factor. Children who do not follow a proper diet schedule and do not have enough sleep also feel stressed out during their exams.

It is important to make sure that your child begins his or her preparations well before exams and do not wait till the last moment. A hurried last minute study does not register well in the memory and the self-confidence drops, thereby raising the anxiety levels. Further, when the body is not experiencing a smooth metabolic functioning, like poor dietary habits or lack of sleep, it tends to get overworked and the focuses away from the exams.


Pressure from Family 

Often we come across children feeling bogged down due to the pressure of expectations from their immediate family members. There is an unfortunate tendency in some parents to fulfill their dreams through their kids and in the process they fail to realise that they are exerting undue pressure on the young minds at a very tender age. The children are made to understand that they are required to attain good grades whatever it may. This enhances the exam stress.

Then there is another type of pressure where the parents persistently compare their grades with those of their peers. This is also an undesired practice. Each student is an individual and it should be respected. This is also a fact that a healthy competition must always be encouraged. But the practice of comparing the grades and asking the kid that in spite of going to the same school and attending the same tuition classes, how can they lag behind their peers. So the fear of comparison raises the anxiety levels further.


Pressure from Within
 

This refers to the pressure that gets built up in the minds of the kids due to their own thoughts and beliefs. There is a belief that grows in the minds of the children that they are required to perform well consistently in order to be judged as a good student. This is something that is imbibed in the kid since their early childhood. So as the child grows up and prepares for the exams, the kid is under a constant pressure that he needs to maintain his grades and be at his very best at all the exams. Very often they imagine an adverse reaction from their parents or ‘fall of grace’ in the eyes of their teachers and peers and bog himself down with pressure to perform. 

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Riya.2 years ago
It is not correct to pressurise children during exams
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Gaurang.2 years ago
Yes it is true that, kids generally gets tensed and pressurized when they are expected to do more from their parents or teachers. My son has faced the same issue when he was studying 5th standard. We expected a little more from him in his education part and made him to do more, but his teacher at his school Orchids International has explained us about him and his actual interests. This has made us to understand about him clearly and his interest in cricket. Now, we have joined him in a cricket coaching club and he is doing better.
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