Exam season can be one of the most stressful times of your life. While it can feel like there is so much work to do and lots of information to take in, it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. While it’s good not to enter an exam room feeling overconfident, it’s equally important not to let your stress levels get out of hand. Being panic-stricken isn’t going to help you do your best. Exams are a common source of stress for many students and can prevent you from performing at your best so it’s important to be aware of how to tackle it head-on.
Here are some of the tips, which will prove to be really helpful:
1. Prioritise your time
Prioritising your time, subjects and workload will help reduce your stress levels, as you’ll be able to ensure that the really important stuff is covered and at the right time. As you progress through your revision, tick off the topics that you’ve completed – this will give you a small sense of achievement, knowing that you’ve finished something and are making your way to the finish line.
2. Give yourself a break
It’s always better to give yourself a break. A continuous study will make you less effective and as a result, your performance will eventually fall down. Take out some time for that activity, which gives you joy, whether it is sports, reading, gaming, go out with friends, etc.
3. Reduce your phone usage
Research shows that overuse of mobile phones not only causes stress but can also have a negative impact on your mental health. Put your mobile phones on airplane mode, check the social media only once a day, turn off all the notifications, etc. Smartphones are the major source of distractions nowadays.
4. Learn and apply time management techniques
A study involving students revealed that those who had been taught time management techniques showed lower levels of exam-related anxiety than those who had not. Effective time management includes getting enough rest and a good night’s sleep, which leaves you feeling more energised so that you’re able to focus when studying.
5. Get enough sleep
Studying long hours is tiring. When it cuts into your usual hours of sleep, research shows us that stress levels will increase. Stress and sleep have a two-way relationship. Stress can make it more difficult to fall asleep. It can even lead to sleep disorders. At the same time, getting a good night’s sleep reduces the effects of stress.
6. Take a short walk
If mindfulness isn’t something that comes naturally to you, it turns out that taking a walk has similar beneficial effects on your stress levels. Walking gives you time to think, as well as time to get away from studying for a short while. Going for a walk with your family or friends for 30 minutes a day is a great way to unwind.
7. Use previous exams to practice
If you are able to locate previous exam questions related to your subject, make the most of them. This is a great way to get used to the style and format of the questions. It’s also a good idea to time yourself, to help you get used to spending the correct amount of time on each question.
Exams are that part of life that comes to everyone. It’s natural to feel some exam nerves but don’t panic!! A Book by Prime minister Narendra Modi Ji “ Exam Warriors” can be a great help in managing stress. By the end of it, no amount of stress is worth taking to risk your mental being. Always prepare thoroughly before the exam, that will make you feel confident and at the same time will reduce your stress.