I think all students have some sort of test anxiety. It is normal. Being a teacher of 7-9th graders and a parent of an 8th grader I feel this is normal. I know that my son is a very light eater in the morning and usually has 1 piece of toast. He too stresses over tests but again, I think it is because of the all the pressures put on the kids to be proficient in what they do. My suggestion would be to talk to your son about the tests, help him prepare and remind him that as long as he tries his best you will be happy with his grade.
Also, there are yoga and deep breathing exercises that he could try which would help alleviate the stress. Is it just test related or does he have overall anxiety? This may be something you need to talk to his doctor about.
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Talk to his teachers and let them know what is going on. They may have some ideas how to tackle this. If not, then they can at least keep you informed about when tests are coming up. Help your son prepare for these. Help him get organized and find the time to prepare for his exams. If he is having difficulties learning the material, if you can help him. If not, ask his teacher for help finding a tutor for him. The more prepared he is for tests, the less stress he will feel. All of these skills you will be providing him with will be beneficial to him for the rest of his life, not only for this year at school.
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My 8th grader is too stressed over tests. He gets up in the morning and won't eat breakfast. He is in the bathroom 3-4 times just in the hour between him getting up and going to school. I do require he eat something...this morning it was one toasted waffle. He wouldn't eat so I made him take it with him. Mostly when we ask what's going on he just says he's not hungry. Now he has begun to tell us he "may be having" a test today.
He is too young for this kind of stress. How can I help him relax?
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