For all the school and college going people, the exams have just ended. Exams are the most stressful part of a student’s life. Well, that. Apart from the constant ragging and bickering and hormonal what-not going on! Normally, we have 2-3 set of exam in the entire year. They stress us out so much that by the time half of them have finished, we curse our fate and think about the time when is constant torment just won’t exist. Exams play havoc with our lives. Ironically, they are the most important part of a student’s life. Exams take us to the top of excellence or pull us down to the puddle of, well for the lack of a better word, non excellence. So, how to NOT go through this stress phase?
What happens with all of us is that we all procrastinate. We think that we can do well when we are under pressure, but what happens is totally opposite. I have this friend who always had actual fever during the exams because the stress was so much that she started panicking. You know, your approach towards the institution of exams makes a lot of difference. What we tend to avoid, if embraced, actually treats us well. At the end of the day, exams are important. They make or break our lives. Well, not exactly. Otherwise people like Bill Gates or Steve Jobs would not exist but, you get what I mean, right? Exams are important for the non shining people. Exams give us qualifications which are required to get a good job. Without a good job and money, what will your life become? Imagine! So, is it not better that we study today and have fun tomorrow?
Here are a few tips to beat the exam stress in the gut and sail through safely..
1) Prepare Well
Start studying for the exams a month before they are scheduled to start. With a head start, you will feel more confident about yourself and your caliber. Another thing about early preparation is that it gives you a lot of time for revision. No matter what you think, revision is a very important aspect of preparing for exams. So, the next time you know what date your exams are scheduled to start, start preparing a month ago. Try it out and see!
2) Sleep Well
Do not compromise on your sleep. You need to rest. You need to recover your strength and calm your mind. Sleeping is very important because it gives your brain and your eyes a much needed break. Sleep at least 6-8 hours even during the exams. Prepare in such a way that you won’t have to pull an all night study session.
3) Note It
Make a lot of notes. Summarize the entire chapter in your own language during the first round. When revising, revise from your written notes. That way, your mind will retain more. Also, you will get into a constant habit of writing and your writing speed will increase as well. Writing down what you memorize helps in mugging up quickly. When you give your paper, your hands will remember what notes you made while preparing for the subject.
4) Hold Your Own
Do not ask other people how much they have covered or how much they study in a day. Think about this: Everybody is different. The grasping power and preferences for study material indicate this difference. Something that you learn can be different from what they learn for the same thing and both points can be right. So, do not listen to other people’s tension filled nonsense. Only think about what the syllabus is, what you have covered and what you are still to cover.
5) See Previous Years’ Question Papers
When you prepare for your exams, you need to know what kind of questions come in the exam so that you are better prepared. The format of the questions will give you an idea about the kind of questions that come in the exam. This will also give you an edge over the rest of the students. You can even use these old papers and do a mock test on your own. Attempt it properly and time it. You can see how much you scored as well. All this helps in preparing better for the finals.
So, here are 5 things that you can do to make your stress levels go down. Always be open to knowledge. Make learning fun and challenging. There are so many ways go to about it. You just need to make an effort. Even an hour a day is enough to help you score good in your exams. Stress is just a state of mind. When your mind sees no danger ahead, you will not get stressed. It is as simple as that! Next time when you prepare for your exams, try using these points in your preparation plan and see the difference. All the best!