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With the upcoming exams coming up, it can get really stressful for students. "Leisure time" or "free time" has been robbed away from students as all the time they have left after school needs to be contributed to the crazy amount of homework and revision required. Not to mention, the high expectations of teachers and parents can be very overwhelming. The stress among students can be a nightmare indeed.


As parents, I understand you want the best for your children. You want to see them excel in school and reach their full potential. However, just like pouring too much water into a glass and it overflows, when there is too much pressure exerted on your children, it will cause them to feel burnout and completely lose interest in their studies. Hence, it can be really helpful for your children if you are willing to help them in dealing with the academic stress they have to face.

Here are some helpful Dos and Don'ts for parents so that you can help your children handle school stress, and at the same time, improve their academic performances.

 

DON'Ts


1. Don't over schedule.


Students already have such a busy and packed schedule. From mandatory school requirements, such as attending lessons for 6 hours a day, extracurricular activities, to the additional sports activities and tuition classes, students barely have time to breathe. As parents, you should not force your children to take up too many classes on their hands. I understand you want your child to be an all-rounder, so you send them for music lessons, dance lessons, martial art classes, extra tuition for every subject etc. But what you don't know is that your child can be really tired and exhausted, both mentally and physically.


2. Don't set impossible expectations.


I know it may seem like a very good motivation to set a high target for your child's academics. After all, you have heard of the quote "Reach for the stars, so even if you fail, you will still fall on the clouds". But sometimes, especially for children, this gives them way too much pressure. If your child's average score for exams is at 50-60%, setting an expectation of 90% for the next exam is a little bit too high. This will actually give them a lot of unnecessary student stress and anxiety.


3. Don't micromanage their study plans.


"Please go and do your homework now!", "Your tuition is in 30 minutes, why are you not ready yet!", "You have a test next week! Please start studying for it right now instead of watching TV!", I am sure you have yell something like this at your children. Parents have a tendency to tell their children exactly what to do and when to do it. However, when you keep nagging them to do something at a specific time, it can be annoying and stressful. Besides, your child will also feel like he or she is incompetent in handling their own studies.

 

DOs


1. Do create a balance in your child's life.


Always remember, despite the importance of an outstanding performance in school, there are other aspects of your children's life that need to be fulfilled. Spend time bonding with them, talking to them and try to understand them. Do not only focus on their achievements but also create memories with them. Bring them out to the park, bring them to visit their grandparents, go to the movies together etc. You will realise that this can help create a balance in your child's life, and at the same time, giving them a chance to release their stress.

 

2. Do provide them with the support they need.

 Whether it is providing moral support or giving them advice or guidance when needed, be there for them. Children may need to rant and complain about the academic stress that they are facing in school. Be there to lend them a listening ear. If they need advice on their study methods, give them whatever information you have. If they are not coping with their studies adequately, guide them or help them to find a tutor. Here are some tips on how to find a good private tutor for you to refer to. This can help lift the weight of their shoulders and reduce their stress. 


3. Do teach them on coping strategies.


Children may be unclear on how to cope with stress. The most practical way to help them is by teaching them how to cope with it in a healthy way. For example, you can teach them to notice what is bothering them and give them a chance to talk about it instead of keeping it all inside. You can also teach them some relaxation techniques to use when they feel overwhelmed with school work. Or perhaps you can also advise them how to manage their time wisely so they do not have to feel the stress when deadlines or exams are approaching. Encourage them to get sufficient rest so that they can feel more calm and relaxed. These are the most practical ways to help your children handle their stress better.

 

Based on the above Dos and Don'ts, I hope you are able to help your children in coping with their school stress. If you feel like they are still unable to cope with their studies and would like to hire a private tutor to guide them with their school work, you can easily do so by visiting A+ Home Tuition Malaysia and request for a home tutor now.

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