UAE: Exam stress in post-Covid times should be handled carefully, say experts

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Nandini Sircar | Khaleej Times Filed on 2022-03-18

Stress of Board exams should a shared responsibility where parents and children can be of help to each other

Students in the UAE are preparing for their upcoming exams, as countries resume pre-Covid-19 activities.

Experts opine as students transition from remote examination methods to being physically present in the examination room, many pupils may experience stress or feel pressurised.

They highlight this pressure may often spread from students to parents, and even affect households.

As students get anxious about their imminent exams, parents and schools must take care to handle such cases carefully.

Dr Mohamed Abdelbadie, Specialist Psychiatrist, at Burjeel Royal Hospital, Al Ain opines, “The pressure and anxiety can result in physical symptoms like headache, body pain, nausea, excessive sweating, shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat, lightheadedness, and feeling faint. Exam anxiety can also manifest as behavioural symptoms like difficulty concentrating, thinking negatively, comparing oneself to others, and procrastinating. Another tell-tale sign of their struggle with exam anxiety may be their constant engagement with gadgets.”

Experts highlight that parents should contribute to building their child’s self-esteem by encouraging them rather than advising them.

Parents should also try to earn their children’s trust by not blowing things out of proportion and coming to quick conclusions.

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