Every student experiences exam stress. It’s an unavoidable part of student life that can be a tough nut to crack. Remember, stress exists for a reason and you can choose to let it be your downfall or use it to drive you to improve your work.
To combat exam stress, firstly you need to understand the reasons behind this heightened anxiety. Then you can establish methods to reduce the pressures you feel. Researchers have uncovered some common explanations for this:
- Low motivation levels
- Lack of preparation and planning
- High expectations from others
- Competition from peers
These factors when worked on, can simply enhance the performance of a student, here are some tips to deal with exam stress:
1. Listen to Classical Music
Listening to music can create a positive and productive environment by elevating your mood and encouraging you to study more effectively and for longer.
2. Take a Quick Walk
Many students feel as if they should spend their entire time before exams with their books open and their pen poised for action. However, research has proven that exercising such as taking a walk can boost your memory and brain power.
3. Plan your Study Routine
This may not be a big surprise but what is shocking is the number of students who discount the benefits of creating a personal study plan.
4. Try to Get Enough Sleep
For some people, this is something that’s always put on the long finger especially if you are trying to get the most out of college life. Most importantly, sleep helps your brain to assimilate new knowledge into your long-term memory so that you can recall it when it comes to the test day.
5. Use Mobile Apps
There are tons of mobile apps designed to improve your quality of life. Whether you want to get better organised, improve your mental arithmetic or work on your English language skills, there’s an app for that.
6. Give Your Mind Space
Practising meditation is another way to maintain focus while improving both mental and physical health to reduce pre-exam stress.
7. Let it All Out
Sometimes you just need to talk to someone, other times you need to shout it from the rooftop or scream from the top of your lungs. Figure out what you’re feeling and then let it out.Speaking to a family member or friend can highlight the bigger picture for you and empower you to rise above the exam stress.
8. Break Free from Distractions
We don’t realize the number of times one check Facebook, Instagram or whatever your vice is? When you add it all up together, it amounts to a significant waste of time. It can be hard to detach from your life outside of studying but keeping the end goal and time frame in mind will ease the process.
9. Some of the must do's for students are as follows:
- Know your concentration span, Study with breaks.
- Work out the best time for concentration
- Time Management plan must be made for all subjects.
- Choose a study place with minimum distractions and auto-suggest to yourself about your resolution.
- Try to coincide study time with the time, you would be giving an exam.
- Prioritize the workload. Give your best concentration time to the toughest subject.
- Repeat your learnt work so the recall in the exam is easy. Work not repeated or revised is easily forgotten.
- Relax with what you know before entering the exam hall.
And above all, do not forget to wear confidence,
All the Best for Exams!