There’s no greater stress a student can experience than that of an annual exam lurking around the corner. Cold sweats and fervent anxiety attacks are commonplace. And if luck isn’t on your side, the school or university will surely schedule your papers on consecutive days. Here are a few tips on how to get back into that instant studying mode for your next paper in those trying times.
When you get back home from an exam, stay as far away from your studying material as you can, especially of the paper that you have just given. Detach yourself from whatever thoughts, information or regrets you have regarding your last exam by indulging in quick breathing exercises or yoga or meditation.
While studying, taking really short and quick breaks, say once in every two hours are essential for refreshing and rejuvenating your mind. Engage in quick activities like watching TV for 5 minutes, playing with your pet, playing your favourite instrument or listening to music to erase stress and anxiety.
Sleep has magical powers. Even just a couple of hours of sleep can work wonders for your mind. A quick power nap after you’ve returned from your exam allows your grey cells to rest and rejuvenate, so that you’re completely refreshed when you’re back at the table.
4. Eat smart
Pay specific attention to what you eat during exams. Your diet plays a very huge role in deciding your attention span, levels of concentration and consequently affects how much and how well you are able to study. Choose light but healthy foods (such as a fruit instead of potato chips) to munch on while you study. The greater the fat and oil content in your snacks, more you’ll feel lethargic and sleepy.
5. Studying to boost morale
Always begin with the topics that you know best or ones that you have done before. This will instil positivity in you about how much you are left with on your syllabus sheet. The happier the mind, the better and faster you will absorb.
HOW TO COMPLETE YOUR EXAM PAPER ON TIME
Many times students fail to score well, not because they do not know the answers to the questions asked, but because they are unable to complete the paper in the given time. Here are tips to ensure that you complete the paper in the stipulated time and pass with flying colors.
1. Start writing from the get-go Often, when a paper begins, before you start writing you may be tempted to look around and note people’s expressions or look through the whole paper and evaluate what you know and what you don’t. But do not give in to these temptations. Start writing the paper from the minute you get it. You must understand that each minute saved is a minute earned in the examination hall.
2. Do not waste time pondering over answers Write what you know and leave what you don’t for the time being. Once you have finished writing the answers for all the questions you know, revisit the questions you have left and try to answer as many as you can.
3. Do speed training with sample papers before exams Speed training is extremely essential these days, keeping in mind the complexity of question papers. Practice finishing papers 15 minutes before the stipulated time, keeping 15 minutes for revision. But remember to do these practice sessions rather seriously, without any breaks in between or without any help from your textbooks. Apart from time training, this will also help you in knowing how prepared you are for the exams. Solve at least five practice sample papers for each subject and you are bound to get a hang of completing papers on time.
4. Make no-breaks a rule You must discipline yourself in such a way that you don’t need to take breaks, because every minute counts. Carry a water bottle so that you don’t have to step out to drink water. Avoid rest room breaks and definitely don’t take breaks to relax your fingers.
5. Walk into the examination hall with a fresh mind and body Often, students study through the night and walk into the examination hall tired and very pre-occupied. This hampers them from doing their best. Ensure that you have slept well so that during the exams you are completely alert and at your fastest. Don’t do sample papers one day before the exam so you don’t walk in mentally and physically tired. Have a healthy snack before you walk in so that you don’t feel hungry and low on energy. And keep mints on you in case you feel unwell. Carrying some glucose water may be a good idea as well.
The trick is to be prepared and confident. Keep nervousness at bay and take on every exam like a battle you need to win and you are bound to emerge as a winner. All the best!
Help! I Am Faring Badly In My Exams
Faring badly in exams in spite of studying hard and learning your lessons? The problem area may be lying in your listening habits. Here are a few tips on hearing right and learning correctly. Follow them, they are sure to better results.
• Do not ‘selectively’ turn a deaf ear to words and sentences. Paying total attention to what is being said constitutes for good listening. This means that you hear every word of what is being said rather than merely what you want to hear. • Think about the topic and also other areas that are concerned with the topic. This additional information will help retention capacity. • Apart from what is being taught, brush up your knowledge and refresh your memory by fortifying that which you already know. • Understand the crux of the matter and relate to it. Once the concept has crystallized in your mind’s eye there is little chance that you are going to forget it. • Listen to the teacher and make note of important dog marks that are attached to each topic. Treat them likewise.
Escaping Black Outs During Exams!!
Having spent the better part of the previous evening in solving a particularly tricky math problem you are stupefied when you cannot crack a similar question. You have completely blanked out and, there are no resources that now come to your rescue from the recesses of your mind and YOU PANIC.
Sounds familiar? There is a simple solution to overcome this: • CALM DOWN. Consciously remove the feeling of fear and you will be able to look at the question objectively, instead of feeling daunted by it. • Do not think about the problem for a few minutes. Instead think about pleasant thoughts that help calm your nerves. • Think positive. Remind yourself that you have studied this problem and will be able to solve it. • Once you are relatively calmed look at the question from an objective perspective and proceed to solve it.
There is no replacing positive reaffirmation and single-minded attention to the problem on hand. So concentrate and solve it.