With the 2021 matric exams about to begin, you're bound to have a stressed-out teen on your hands.
While normal, final year exam stress can be debilitating, it’s more than likely the most pressure your child has experienced so far in their young lives.
But there are ways of dealing with exam tension in a healthy way.
Here, the Valenture Institute, a global online private high school for Grade 8 to 12 learners, offers study and stress-reducing tips for the class of 2020.
Have a solid study schedule
Being prepared helps you to stay calm and ultimately helps achieve higher marks.
"Create a well thought out study schedule. That is the biggest tip I give my students," says Roxanne Kühne, a Student Success Mentor at Valenture.
A road map to follow
Being organised and prepared minimises the stress of having to figure out what to study each day and acts as a road map to follow.
If you spend more time planning, you'll spend less time trying to wing it each day, Kühne advises.
A winning combination
When it comes to dealing with horrible exam stress the best way to manage this is through a combination of things like exercise, good nutrition, and a solid night’s sleep, Kühne says.
Turning all tech devices off a few hours before bed will go far to ensure your teen gets quality sleep which is very important for maintaining a stress deflating routine.
Take your mind off the stress by getting creative
Taking time to relax and unwind by doing breathing techniques or something you enjoy like a sport or creative hobby is always a good idea as well.
Kühne says using stress-reducing apps might also assist in easing tensions.
"My students have recommended an app called Forest - it helps with focus and concentration," says the Valenture mentor.
Submitted to Parent24 by the Valenture Institute.
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