Board examinations 2017: Tips to deal with exam stress!

Published: March 10, 2017 4:29 PM

A good way to deal with stress is to allow yourself to take regular breaks.

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As soon as exam season starts, the tension of the Exam fever can be felt everywhere. While all students deal with stress differently, some common tips to cope with exam stress can be used by all. Firstly, and most importantly the student must organize themselves well in advance. One can start by making a timetable and scheduling time slots for various subjects giving more time to courses that require more preparation. Time management is a complex thing to master but is vital to master to be successful. Another way to be more productive is to have a designated and organised work space One should get rid of all distractions, and try to focus as much as possible. For some people, this may mean almost complete silence; for others, background music helps. Some people need everything completely tidy and in order to concentrate, while others thrive in a more cluttered environment. Think about what works for you, and take the time to get it right! It is critical to not leave anything to the last moment as that only causes more stress.

Practicing on old exam papers is a good way to test oneself. It familiarizes you with the format of the paper and allows you to time yourself and divide your time accordingly. A good way to deal with stress is to allow yourself to take regular breaks. Even though its crucial to put in as many hours studying as possible, it Is essential to give one’s brain a bit of rest too. Making one’s own notes is beneficial to remember important things, re reading these notes closer to the exam date helps to retain the information.

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A good way for parents to contribute is to allow the students to explain their answers to them. This helps them to get their answers in order and work on the areas that need more practice. Parents should try not to add to the stress by constantly questioning the students on their study progress and instead help by ensuring they eat “brain food” such as nuts, fish, seed, yogurt which are proven to aid concentration and memory. It is vital to keep one’s brain hydrated while studying so the brain can work at its best!

On the actual day of the exam, the student must wake up well in time for a nutritious meal, get ready calmly and ensure that they have everything they require (stationary, ID’s). Lastly, a positive attitude goes a long way. It helps manage stress and is important for a successful life and career. It is important to manage your stress in a healthy way.

We wish you all the best!

By Charushilla Narula Bajpai

The author is Founder Director & Key Mentor, www.UniversityConnection.in

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