Staying calm will help your child stay calm. If he or she gets nervous about the test or is likely to experience anxiety during the test, your child practice some relaxation techniques that he or she can try once they are taking the test.
Some relaxation techniques include:
1. Sit straight up in your chair.
2. Slowly inhale through your nose. First fill the lower section of your lungs and work your way up to the upper part of your lungs.
3. Hold your breath for a few seconds then exhale slowly through your mouth.
4. Wait a few seconds and repeat the cycle.
The Palming Method
1. Cup your palms over your closed eyes so there is no pressure on your eyeball.
2. Think of a real or imaginary relaxing scene. Mentally visualize this scene. Picture the scene as if you were actually there, looking through your own eyes.
3. Visualize this relaxing scene for one to two minutes.
The Releasing Tension Method
1. Put your feet flat on the floor.
2. With your hands, grab underneath the chair.
3. Push down with your feet and pull up on your chair at the same time for about five seconds.
4. Relax for five to ten seconds.
5. Repeat the procedure two or three times then relax all your muscles except the ones that are actually used to take the test.