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5 ways to reduce exam related stress problems


Education has become a burden to students in the current situation. Apart from all the classes and lab sessions, all the students are asked to write rigorous entrance and general examinations as marks scored in these exams have become the criteria for selection to the next level. Therefore, even parents tend to force students to have a competent mark to make up to the eligibility criteria. Due to all these factors, students are now afraid of these exams and tend to stress themselves due to this. Some even go to the extent of suicide as they are not able to cope up with the incoming pressure. There are a lot of ways to tackle this situation and some of these have been mentioned in this article:

1. Read when and as it comes to you:

The first step to victory is to read the lessons which are taught then and there. When this is done, most of the syllabus is covered and it gives you peace of mind over a period of time. Therefore, one can make sure that they do not panic during or before their exams. Reading the lessons need not necessarily be mugging up all the stuff at a single point of time. One can make sure that they give the lesson a read through and then come back and learn it thoroughly the next time they go through it. Many of us fail in this. When this is not done, we do not even remember if the particular chapter or lesson was taken in class. Ignoring this is the first step to improved pressure during the exams.


2. Listen to the lectures:

Passing time in class is the best thing that can be done, but it comes at a cost. We enjoy the funny jokes and other stuff that happens during the lecture time, and it is of course a part and parcel of every student’s life. One cannot completely miss out on all these but changes can be made without having to disturb the lessons. Make sure that you listen most of the lectures, but not completely. Ask your friend to make sure that he/ she reads and listens to the other part of the class. When you take some time off after the class, the both of you can discuss the topics individually and make sure that you learn the stuff that you missed out and vice versa. When this kind of group work is done, stress is relieved and a lot of off time is also achieved between you and your friends.


3. Smart work over hard work:

This is something that we see in out day to day life. People make sure that they read just before the exam but you stay up all night to complete your portions, yet you end up getting lower grades that them. This mantra called “Smart Work” is magical. This helps in reducing the pressure of having to study tremendously. Even if you read the entire part, there are certain portions of text that you might miss out. This is where you go wrong. Make sure that you read entirely and focus on topics that are used in daily life. Once this is done with, most of the topics that you have covered is going to appear in the exam and thus you can have an enjoyable time, even in the exam hall. The overall pleasure that you get when you do this is absolutely mind blowing. Though you haven’t studied the entire thing, you know the concepts that you must have known.

4. Essential time off:

Taking some time off study is the charm which helps you succeed in exams. People study all the time and they end up in being tired. This is a misfortune that you have held yourself with. Lack of rest does not help even to the smallest extent. When there is minimum rest, the very next day is spoiled and all the things that we think of goes berserk. Taking time off doesn’t essentially mean sleeping. All the stuff that you love to do, be it playing games on your computer or surfing the internet or even having a chat with your friend is welcome. When this is done, the mind is kept happy and there is little to worry about. Therefore, take time off and indulge in some activity that you think can help you out.


5. Read and write:

Though we read all the stuff that comes our way, as a part of the preparation to face the exams there are only a fraction of us who practise what we read. This is perhaps the best way to remember things that we study. When you practise all the stuff, the confidence and the morale is boosted and you can help your mind think better. Visuals are better remembered by our brains and when we write, it is stored as images which we can see later on. Therefore, when the same question is asked in the exam, the answers flows smoothly through our minds and we have a great time in the exam hall, without any sort of pressure.

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