People say, “Exams are essential evils”. They are necessary since no other alternative method has been adopted universally and evil because most people shiver by its name. As EXAMS approach our hearts skip a beat, students get anxious and spend sleepless nights. Not only students many adults also suffer from exam phobia. They may be excellent at their work but when asked to prove their prowess through an examination, often they falter showing their vulnerability towards exams and exam related stress.
Competition has become an inseparable part of our lives and it is the fear of this competition that leaves us feeling unhappy, paranoid and worried. The fear of being put to test can be quite stressful for many people. This affects them adversely and they fail to perform to the best of their ability.
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However, some positive steps may help the examinees to reduce their stress and assist them in achieving their target. Below mentioned are some simple yet effective steps to combat the so called “Exam Fever”...
- Many a time students are advised to prepare a Time Table and follow it regularly. However, very few follow this advice and as a result, just before the exams they find themselves in deep water. In such a situation, it will be helpful if the student identifies which subjects/papers/topics are hard to deal with but are essential from the exam point of view. Every night just before going to sleep, you should go through those difficult topics and after waking up the next morning, once again you should revise the same topics. This should be done every day, till the exams commence. If this practice is followed for at least 2 weeks, there will be a remarkable progress in you and you’ll gain more confidence.
- Students who do not regularly indulge in physical exercises or meditation are advised to bring about a slight change in their daily routine at least 1 month prior to their exams. Try to wake up as early as possible. Then for half an hour sit quietly with your legs folded and close your eyes. Forget everything and concentrate on your papers/subjects you’ll be appearing for in the forthcoming exams. Try to evaluate your position, how much portion of your studies you have completed and how much is yet to be finished. Then decide which topics you want to complete on that day. For half an hour, you should not think of anything but studies. This will serve a dual purpose. First of all, for half an hour you focus remains on your exams only, serving the purpose of meditation. Since meditation is nothing but keeping your focus on one particular thing and forgetting the rest. Many people find it hard to meditate since their mind is always thinking about multiple things at a time. They find it hard to concentrate on any one thing even for half an hour. Secondly, since you are thinking of your studies only, mentally you are devising a target which you intend to achieve on that day. This helps to plan your studies daily.
- Mock Tests are indeed helpful, since Practice makes a man perfect. Spare some time in-between your studies and try to imagine the day of your exam. Think of all the necessary things you need to carry with yourself to the examination centre say for example, admit card, pen, pencils, erasers, geometrical instruments (if any) etc. Then imagine yourself to be at the examination hall. You should be very careful while writing your Roll No./Registration No. on you answer sheets. Try to imagine all these things, and also the question paper pattern. If you are aware of the pattern, then try to imagine how you would be attempting the questions, which section would you start off with etc. Apart from these, also think of the situation where you find a drastic change in the question pattern, or a sharp increase in the difficulty level of the paper. You must also imagine these types of adverse situations and what you should do if such a situation occurs. Simulating these virtual situations in your mind makes you more tenacious and less vulnerable to harsh situations. Also you know how to act if such a situation befalls.
Remember, there is no short cut to success. However, for those late birds, the above practices would surely help them a lot, if followed truly for at least a month prior to the exams. If followed regularly, there is no doubt that you’ll reap richer benefits.
EXAMS EXAMS ON THE WAY
EXAMS – one of the most dreadful words for every student, barring a few exceptions. They are those strenuous stages of student life that had pressurized every one of us. No matter whether you are appearing for your boards, or your entrance exams, or your graduation & post graduation exams, you go through the same level of anxiety and stress. And only one question hovers in our mind – Yarrr!! Ye exams hote hi kyun h… But yes, exams are important as they decide your next step, your whole professional career, and the most of all your capability for a particular field or a particular level.
A bit of tension and stress makes your performance even better and puts you a step ahead in the ladder of success. I mean, just imagine, would you have been able to solve those tricky Trigonometry questions or learn those dreadful formulas of physics if you would not have to give exams. No never. So if you are a bit tensed and nervous about your upcoming exams then Congratulations!! Your stress along with your hard work will definitely reward you. But but but, if your stress is ascending beyond your levels of control, this can prove to be a great hurdle in achieving your target besides creating chaos in your mind and body.
I think everyone of us knows what this ghost of exam stress looks like. Tiredness, difficulty in sleeping, loss of appetite, severe headache, despite of all efforts you can’t remember anything, uncontrolled anxiety and irritability – if you have two or more of these symptoms then beware!! It can bring a severe downfall in your results. But we have got for you some of the best shots that are sure to drive away this ghost. You might have come across these steps in some of the newspapers or magazines, but may be this is the time to implement them.
- Don’t under-estimate your powers and capabilities. Believe in yourself and you can win this world.
- Set a target; your goal. Always set up a target that is one plus your potential. Work hard to achieve it and then even you will be amazed by your results. But that doesn’t mean that you strain yourself with undue pressure. If you got A instead of A+, that does not implies that you have failed.
- Actions will speak not your anxiety or stress. If you cannot understand a topic or solve a problem, take help of your teachers and your friends in place of getting worried.
- Make a time table. But make sure it’s a realistic one. No one can solve all the chapters of maths in one day. Don’t keep on studying one subject whole day. It won’t do any good besides bringing boredom.
- Sleep tight at least for 6 hours. Yup I’m saying for 6 hours because I’m a student too. And no one can sleep soundly for 8 hours in exams, especially one who is suffering from sleeplessness. Don’t try to recall or revise while in bed; it can affect your sleep.
- 15 minutes with the nature. Walk for some time on green grass early morning. Trust me cool breeze can do wonders on your mind.
- Eat well. Never skip your breakfast. Avoid junk foods and large numbers of cups of teas and coffees. Stick to mom’s advice of taking fresh fruits and vegetables, curd and nimbu-pani. Always remember you won’t be able to learn when your stomach is empty.
- Break to banta hei boss!! Don’t try to stretch yourself beyond your limits. Take a short break whenever you start feeling a bit bored or your mind is at its saturation point. You can listen music, or talk with your friends and family, or play with your pet but don’t start television or net.
- Avoid comparing yourself with your friends. Everyone has his own competence, his own ways of learning and revising the things. So stop thinking about others and choose the method which suits you and your mind the most.
In the examination hall:
- Don’t panic. Have faith in yourself and your hard work. If you have given your best, success will surely embrace you.
- Breathe deeply and slowly. It will help to lower down your stress level.
After the exam:
- No need of dissecting your answers. Things like “oh shit! I forgot to write this word in question 4” will only accentuate your worries and lower down your confidence level. You cannot change what you have already written in answer sheet. It’s time to focus on next exam.
- Don’t start studying immediately for the next exam. Your mind needs to be refreshed from the stress it suffered for last 3 hours. Friends, FS, and coffee – can anything else work better than this?? But remember don’t waste your time much.
All the best to everyone who are going to appear for their exams. Remember always – YOU are THE BEST and the best always WIN. So just blast these exams..!! 🙂
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