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. Avoid cramming –last minute cram sessions can create a sense of nervousness and panic which leads to more stress and can cause you to forget what you studied. Try approaching each exam with a fresh and clear mind. Stay positive and confident– Watch inspiring videos, listen to uplifting music, and practice positive
Stay positive and confident– Watch inspiring videos, listen to uplifting music, and practice positive affirmations. I’m 16 years old. How can I develop the interest in studies? I feel lazy all the time and this has started affecting my academics. How can I get rid of my erratic routine? You need to make plans and set a goal which is realistic for yourself and as per your capability and interest. Try and give importance to yourself and feel good about what you do. Utilize your positive traits in a productive way. Identify the factors which distract you from studies. You can consult your parents, teachers, or any other person you rely on and discuss this issue with them for advice. You are advised to engage in physical activity like sports and can do yoga in the morning. You may also consult a doctor to find out any medical reasons for your laziness. It is important to recognize your positive attributes and work on it further.
Watch your caffeine intake
Nothing drives up your stress level faster than not being able to fall asleep the night before an exam, so avoid beverages like coffee, or high energy drinks like V or Mother unless they are decaffeinated.
Avoid stressful people
Stress is contagious, so resist the urge to have a study session with your apprehensive friends before an exam, especially if they’re complaining about all the work they have left to do and pulling their hair out.
Their stress will only add to your stress and make you doubt yourself, even if you know that you will be fine.
Don’t ask your friend about his preparation.
Usually students call their friends to ask about their preparation during exam. It is not good because if you ask your friend and you come to know that he has revised and prepared more chapters than you, you start thinking, “oh I am lagging behind, I may not be able to complete the chapters before papers”. It increases your stress.
Similarly, if your friend is more stressed and you come to know about, his stress influences you as well.
Take things light – Be Brave
If thought of failure is disturbing too much, don’t lose temper and think “No one is going to shoot me if I fail in exam. Think I am trying my level best no matter if I fail. Think that many other students are also appearing in the exam, if the paper will be difficult, it will be equally difficult for all, not for only me. Take things light during exam and start your study rather paying attention to things which increase your stress.
Have strong faith in your God.
Don’t disappoint and have trust in your God that he will do well to you.
Start preparation from the beginning of the session.
Start your study and preparation from the beginning of the session, do not wait until the exam starts. If you are fully prepared for exam, you would have no fear during exam. So to avoid exam stress you should start your efforts from the first day of session.
Take breaks while studying. If your concentration does not last for a full hour, you should take ten to 15 minute breaks throughout your study sessions. Try taking a 15 minute break every hour, for example, and see if that improves your stress level.
- Do something you enjoy during your breaks. Give yourself 15 minutes to watch television or browse Facebook, for example.
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.
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. The benefits of a proper night’s sleep can never be underestimated. 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 test day. Anyone who has tried to concentrate with half a night’s sleep can also testify to improved focus with better sleep.
Good nutrition is a leading factor in a student’s academic achievement. A well-balanced diet can help transform a nutritionally imbalanced student into a healthy and dynamic one.
And of course, having breakfast before an exam is a must for a student who wants to focus and be most efficient during their exam.
Focus on one thing at a time – Keep your mind focused on what you are studying in that moment, avoid multi-tasking or studying multiple subjects at the same time.
Remember to Laugh and Lighten Up – Exams are not life-threatening, yet we treat them like they are. See the lighter side of life, do the best that you can, and remember to LAUGH your way through the whole process! The sillier you get, the less tension you will feel.
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.