It’s that time of the year again and you are facing board exam stress – Stressed students, overworked teachers and worried parents! Stress does not come on its own, you create it. How? When you start preparing late! However, mild stress will always benefit you as it creates the urge to achieve something which further improves the performance. The Oxford dictionary defines stress as ‘a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.’
Not everyone experience board exam stress in the same manner. Some might experience headaches, others may experience irritable or sad mood and some may find it difficult to concentrate on studies. Educolada is here some tips to avoid such situations.
To avoid last minute cramming, give plenty of time for revision. Giving adequate time to revision will boost your confidence and will reduce exam stress when you know that you are well prepared.
To avoid stress, make a timetable and commit to it. Make a schedule for all your activities and follow it religiously.
The benefits of a proper night’s sleep can never be underestimated. Just like your phone needs to be charged when its battery is running low, similarly, sleep is the charger for the brain. Sleep helps your brain to assimilate new knowledge into your long-term memory so that you can recall it when it comes to test day.
Eating Dark Chocolate
Believe it or not this is 100% true. Eating dark chocolate which is over 70% cocoa fights the stress hormone cortisol and has an overall relaxing effect on the body. Plus, chocolate releases endorphins which act as a natural stress fighter.
Break Free from Distractions
We bet that you don’t even realise the number of times you check Facebook, Instagram or other social sites! When you add it all up together, it amounts to a significant waste of time. We are not saying to detach yourself from the life outside studying but keeping the end goal and timeframe in mind will ease the process.
Regular moderate exercise will boost your energy, clear your mind and reduce stress. Try out some yoga or relaxation techniques. This will help to keep you feeling calm and balanced and will further improve your concentration.
Get yourself into exam mode:
Start practising sample tests to get the exam feel. It is just like vestibule training where you prepare yourself by creating a similar environment to face no difficulties during the actual environment. Take past year exams and ask for suggestions from your Lecturer what to expect in the exam, what course materials should be emphasised and how to prioritise study time for the course.
It’s natural to feel some exam nerves on the exam day but getting excessively nervous will hamper your ability to think clearly. When your mind goes blank, never panic as it will further harden your struggle to recall the information.Instead, focus on slow and deep breathing for about one minute. If you still can’t remember the information, then move on to another question and return to this question later.