Originally Broadcasted
Date: Thursday 26th August 2021

Here are 8 DE-STRESS strategies to prepare the brain to ace exams:

Remove Distractions: Consider and try to eliminate both physical and mental/ emotional distractions.

Exercise: Physical exercises give brain benefits both immediately and in the long-term. Consume a protein-rich breakfast with low GI carbs on the day of the exams.


Strategy Use: Exploit your child’s cognitive strengths for learning and create strategies to counter weaknesses.

Test Test Test: The act of memory recall is one of the most effective study techniques – use flash cards and revision tests.


Redirecting Nerves: Use deep breathing exercises and listen to favourite music to calm nerves on the day of exams.

Manage Expectations: Have high expectations but ensure they do not become harmful pressure on the child.

Sleep: Ensure quality sleep. Sleep helps to strengthen memories formed during the day.

Smile… no Laugh!: Instill doses of laughter, smiles and fun moments into this stressful period to release happy brain chemicals.

Featured Speaker

Ms Cheryl Chia, Founder and Director, BrainFit®

With more than 20 years’ experience in brain fitness training, Ms Cheryl Chia is an accomplished physiotherapist, who is also the founder of BrainFit, an entity that specialises in scientific brain fitness training. Cheryl holds a Master Degree in Physiotherapy Studies from the University of Queensland, Australia. She was awarded a full scholarship from KK Hospital, Singapore and was also the overall coordinator for paediatric neurology physiotherapy there. She has lectured in Nanyang Polytechnic and is a much sought-after speaker, including at events organised by MediaCorp, the Child Guidance Clinic, schools and international brain-based learning conferences. She is a frequent invited guest on Parenting Made Easy Radio 93.8, where she shares her expertise on brain fitness to help parents raise smarter and more resilient children. Cheryl is also an author and a mother to two young girls.