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17 February 2020 | Source: Oswaal Books Editorial Board
Exam stress is an exaggerated feeling of anxiety over one’s performance in exams. We can take exams stress-free, No matter what kind of exam it is. It’s only when you know what is causing you stress and accordingly using the following tricks shared by Oswaal Books, to make yourself feel more organized, mentally relaxed & alert, physically active and in control of the situation.
1. If the cause of your stress is ’So much to do and not enough time’
a. Make a proper time schedule allocating enough time to each subject.
b. Every day, evaluate your learning and make changes in time schedule if necessary.
c. If only a week is left for exams and your syllabus is not finished, stop wasting time worrying about what you have not done. Utilize your time in properly revising what you have already done.
2. If the cause of your stress is, that you don’t know what to study, from where and what all is in the prescribed syllabus
a. The first thing you should do, before starting your study is, to collect all necessary reading material (including the syllabus & help books)
b. Organize it subject wise, in separate folders
c. Keep it at a safe place and tell your family not to play around with it!
d. Keep a written track of what all you have studied every day and what has to be done, so that you don’t keep worrying as to how much more is left, to be done.
3. If you feel stress by the thought that your preparation is not up to the mark
a. To feel confident about your preparation, you must solve previous years’ papers exactly as per exam conditions, without a break
b. Do this only AFTER you have finished learning.
c. Have them checked by teachers/ tutors and take their help to understand important concepts and clear your doubts.
Remember this should be done well ahead of exams, not a day before as that might build up more stress and leave you exhausted for the real exam the next day!
4. If the cause of your stress is Parent’s expectations
a. Just remember that in their hearts they want you to excel for your own good. Politely tell parents to stop using negative and stress building remarks and instead support you with love, practical help, positive inspiring remarks, and their prayers!
b. If they see you doing your best, probably they will not feel as worried and will stop bothering you. They comment only when they see you wasting time.
c. But if you are doing your best, still they keep nagging you without giving any positive support, please tell them to seek guidance from counselors.
5. If the cause of your stress is Peer pressure
a. Don’t have unnecessary conversations with your ’friends’ or classmates
b. Avoid taking calls of those who give you the tension of any sorts.
c. Stay calm even if you feel others have finished doing everything and you haven’t. Instead of worrying about it, start studying more regularly and with full focus.
d. Set your own standards, that you have to score max or whatever. And prepare well to achieve that. Don’t waste energies thinking -’can I or can I not score more than so and so’
6. If the cause of your stress is High Self standards
a. Even if you are a topper of the class or you have set a goal of getting 100% score, allow yourself time for relaxation, recreation or rejuvenation to keep your mind active and alert.
b. Every day in the morning, plan your study schedule. As per your capacity & stamina, after a block of 1-2 hours’ study, give yourself a break of 10-20 minutes. But do return to your study with full focus after the break.
c. Prepare well to give your best, and stop worrying about the results.
7. If you keep having extreme anxiety about doing well in exam conditions
a. Avoid thoughts of worry, doubt, and negative imagination
b. Substitute every negative thought with positive ones e.g. ’I WILL be able to do it well’, ’I am preparing well and my alert mind will remember everything’, ’I have practiced solving model test papers and I can manage well in the given time’
c. Any time you feel worried- Sit down, take deep breaths and think positive. After 5 minutes’ of this exercise go back to studying.
d. A calm mind is a must to study with focus. Don’t let worrying thoughts disturb your mind’s peace.
8. If you can’t live without talking/chatting/playing mobile games or other distractions
a. 15-20 minutes of socializing or TV etc are not bad as long as they inspire you, relax you or take your tiredness away. But don’t overdo any of these.
b. Avoid friends, family, neighbors, TV, computer, other gadgets or even newspaper/magazines if they take away your mental peace and cause stress!
REMEMBER: An alert, calm and positive mind is absolutely essential to prepare well in exams. Think of ways to have that and you will be stress-free!!