VCE and IB exams start soon for Senior School students and many students and parents around the country are in a state of tension and stress. And that’s actually normal. However, trouble can start when exam stress or performance anxiety become overwhelming for students. Not only can it lead to poor performance during exams but can also have an adverse effect on the mental health of students.
Stress is the body’s way of responding to any kind of threat or demand – be it real or imaginary. When a person feels stressed the nervous system responds by releasing floods of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol, which heightens the body’s responses for emergency action.
SchoolTV has produced a special report to support parents in the lead up to exams, which includes a discussion about some of the many strategies that students can implement to help themselves. Parents can provide support, not only emotionally, but also practically by keeping their child well-nourished and encouraging physical activity. We hope you find the suggested tips useful as you support your child during this often stressful time and reflect on the information offered.
Head of Student Development