3 years ago

Is Exam Stress Such A Thing?

Can It Be Avoided?
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We have all been there and we have seen it and we have faced it - losing touch with friends, feeling moody and low, overwhelmed, trouble sleeping in or getting out of bed when our exams approach nearer are some of the symptoms that we can easily relate to in our daily lives. 

I remember my sister had her bed spinning around during exam days which I laughed it off at the time but having become a tad bit more mature and seeing stress dejavu with my own kids, i now can see it more clearly than I did before. It is as real as having any other physical condition. 

“Stress is the body reaction to harmful situations - whether they are real or perceived. When you feel threatened, a chemical reaction occurs in your body that allows you to act in a way to prevent injury. This reaction is known as "fight-or-flight,” or the stress response. During stress response, your heart rate increases, breathing quickens, muscles tighten, and blood pressure rises. You have gotten ready to act. It is how you protect yourself” - webmd

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Physical symptoms of stress may also include:

1. Low energy

2. Headaches

3. Upset stomach, including diarrhea, constipation, and nausea

4. Aches, pains, and tense muscles

5. Chest pain and rapid heartbeat

6. Insomnia

7. Frequent colds and infections

Why do exams really get on our nerves? 

1. Insufficient help/support from school/college through regular lectures leaving unsure or not confident in class room teaching

2. Difficult or complex subjects and topics yet to get their handle on

3. Lack of self-confidence

4. Worrying of competition

5. Family and peer pressures

6. Too much ground to cover with too little time at hand

7. Keen to do really well in exams but not sure enough prepared

Confiding in someone is a great way to alleviate stress and worry. At Parhai Likhai, we connect you with talented tutors in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad and aspire to create a market where students and learners have easy access to all the support they need that they can get. If you’re feeling stressed about exams, we are here to help!

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Tips to help you with getting through tough and stressful exam days

1Focus on important topics and gain some positive momentum in your learning by building through these topics. 

2. Identify what exactly within those topics that you are struggling with and seek help; one-on-one private tuitions are not always the answer but can help you through difficult and complex topics quickly and can help you gain your self-confidence.

3. If it helps you, make a list of things to learn or to do and set yourself realistic achievable targets of learning, and more importantly, stick to your targets.

4. Energy drinks or junk food is often our companion but the short bouts of energy through this actually have a detrimental impact on our sleep patterns during exam days and can negatively affect our moods - avoid energy drinks and eat healthily

5. Exercise regularly. Walking, jogging or if you fancy any particular sports, then playing sports. These activities whilst may seem to be taking up a bit of your time away from studies but that’s exactly what is needed to enable you to have the focus that you need on studies

6. Allow yourself time to rest – downtime is important and it freshens you up for another round of learning. If you are struggling with sleep, try out some relaxation activities like deep breathing, meditation or listening to music. 

7. Don’t compare yourself with your peers or friends. Remember you and your learning and your abilities are unique and are relevant for you and for your life.


Ultimately exams will be over and it is important that when you look back in time, you can see yourself as someone who had given their 100% to learning. And this is what is ultimately important.

Hiring a tutor is advisable but not necessary, it may be that the child is able to cope up with education and exam pressure and also he/she has supportive parents and elders. However, it is the need of the hour to make things easy for your child. Read here for further clarity on this matter.

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