March, 2019

Overcoming Exam stress with Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)

With exam time around the corner, let’s look at some of the things that your kids can do to keep the stress at bay.

To begin with get your child to think positively about the exam. Remember as you think, your subconscious processes and stores what you think. Here are some tips that will help your child prepare for exams and succeed in them:

1. Mind mapping involves drawing information in diagrams, instead of writing. The diagrams always take the same format, with a single starting point in the middle that branches out, and keeps dividing.
The branches are made of words, connected by short lines to the middle. The lines that connect the words are part of the meaning. You can get your child to do maps for each subject, on one sheet in colour, and can encourage them to review them frequently.

2. Using coloured pens enhances learning as colour positively affects the brain.

3. Manage stress by making your child visualize the lead-up to exams. Ask them to plan what and when they study. An idea might be to stick the plan on a wall near their desk. Breaking it down into chunks helps as does asking them to work through it at a planned rate. It is also wise to plan time off!!

4. Do you remember a time in the past when your child was very confident or learning well? In NLP, we call this Anchoring. For example: has listening to a song reminded you of an event or evoked a particular emotion in you. That is an anchor (external trigger); and if sometimes you are feeling low you might want to do something that makes you feel happy (these are internal triggers).
Use their imagination and think of a time in the past when they were easily able to learn something rapidly. When they start experiencing positive feelings, create a trigger – I’d recommend rubbing two fingers together, or rubbing an earlobe. This may take a bit of practice. The next time your child need confidence they can fire off their anchor and they will feel a brilliant rush of confidence surging through your veins!

5. It is important for your child to sleep, eat well and to keep moving, so they look after their health when studying.

6. Imagining success means that your child is more likely to succeed. Ask your child to think about writing the exam and knowing the answers. Visualize achieving an A grade.

7. Ask your child to believe in themselves. NLP belief change technique is good for quickly converting negative beliefs into positive ones. Changing beliefs allows behaviour change, by means of a capability or strategy.

NLP techniques and strategies are adapted in a fun, easy and safe way for young people to use to overcome stress and behavioural issues.

In Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) “Neuro” relates to the brain and “Linguistic” refers to language, how it is used in thought and communicated with others! “Programming” can be about instructions, patterns and habits created, learnt and followed. NLP is about a person’s thinking, language and actions.

Namita Bhatia
Achieve with NLP