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It’s that time of the year where students are starting to batten down and prepare for important year-end examinations.

There are the PSLE (Primary School Leaving Examinations), ‘O’ Levels and ‘A’ Levels in Singapore, and the SPM (Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia) and UPSR (Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah) in Malaysia.

Parents of students who will be sitting for these exams will no doubt want to do their best to support and help their kids through this highly stressful period.

Check out these five ways you can help your child manage exam stress better.

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1. Talk to them about exam nerves
1. Talk to them about exam nerves
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It’s important to communicate to your child that feeling nervous before an exam is entirely normal.

Encourage them to share their feelings or fears with you. Listen to their concerns and help them process their emotions.

Always be supportive and give constructive feedback while avoiding being critical and negative.

Perhaps you can share a simple story about how you overcome work stress so they can understand that stress is something that everyone goes through at different times.

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