With just a few days left for the CBSE Class 10 and 12 board exams to start, the time has come when students should consolidate whatever they have studied so far and put in some additional efforts to give an edge to their preparations. Now their study schedule and strategies followed till date, need some amendments. They need to revise their routine as it’s going to be during the exam days. Remember, exams are inevitable for students and they don't have to be painful.
Below you get top 7 mantras that will help you guys overcome the exam nerves or exam anxiety and prepare well for the coming exams.
1. Early to bed, early to rise, make your routine likewise
This is what you need to start doing right from today, if you want to keep yourself fit for taking the exam. Stop waking till late and commit to getting atleast a full 8 hours of sleep. This will ensure that your brain has been properly rested and you can start studying with a fresh mind the next morning. Fresh mind has greater ability to adapt the things easily.
2. Free your brain form superfluous stuff
Do not study too much now. Allow vacant space to your brain to relax, which is a must to tune it for peak performance. Schedule small and frequent breaks in between your study time. For example, if you start studying at 4 pm then take break at 5pm for about 15-20 minutes and enjoy it having healthy evening snacks. Then come back to your study with a relax mind and satisfied tummy. Also, stop studying at least one hour before you go to sleep. In the mean time just close your eyes, take deep breaths and release your brain from all the surplus information, for a couple of minutes. Let it just drift wherever it wants to. You won’t eaven realize how this simple technique will work wonders for your mind.
3. Practice papers, past year exam papers, guess papers, try all
At this time trying to mug new topics or shuffling with new books will be a complete absurd. All you need to do is get your hands on practice papers, sample papers, and past years’ exam papers. This will not only help you track your performance, but also familiarise with the structure and format of the real exam. At this time, more than your knowledge, your ability to perform in exam environment is important. One more thing while practicing the mock papers is focusing on speed. Give yourself a preset time constraint and try to answer the paper within it. This way you will learn the skill of time management.
4. Eat well, drink well, live well
Like a car, your brain needs quality fuel to run efficiently. What you eat or drink has direct or indirect impact on your brain, including the parts that regulate mood. Although there’s no single food that acts as an overall antidepressant, maintaining stable blood sugar through regular, proper nutrition will help you feel better overall on most days. All you need is to feed your brain healthy diet like nuts, fruits, green leafy vegetables, plenty of water, milk, etc. Keep away from junk food. Avoid too much caffeine and sugary drinks. Experts recommend drinking eight to 10 glasses of water each day because even mild dehydration has been shown to negatively impact the status of the brain. Drinking water makes us feel so refreshed that it actually improves our state of mind.
5. Keep your cool
Exam stress is an issue for almost every student. But it can have damaging effects on both your general well-being and your performance during the exams. So try to shed off the exam stess anyhow. Exercise and healthy eating can keep stress levels low. Even a 10 minute walk can also help getting things in perspective and refresh you for better revision. Another most prominent way of getting rid of the exam anxiety is meditation. It helps you get back into a state of calm and tranquility. If mediation is not your thing, try listening to some music, shaking on rhythms, or soaking in a hot bath. Another way to bring yourself to the calm side is try closing your eyes and focusing on your happy place, whatever that may be. This will also help you cast away the exam related worries and tensions.
6. Stay optimistic
Adopt a “can do” attitude. A positive attitude keeps your mind open and body relaxed, which makes it easier to concentrate and recall what you have learned. Either studying or actually sitting for an exam, this optimistic attitude works well during both the tconditions. It is a well observed fact that often when people suffer from anxiety, they focus on overwhelmingly negative thoughts. They foresee themselves to be a failure. Such pessimistic thoughts increase the levelof anxiety which ultimately reduce the brain’s ability to absorb and recall the things. This try to break down the negative thoughts and then replace them with more positive thoughts. Keep using positive statements like, "I have studied well, and I am all prepared to face the challenge coming ahead." This will help keep your anxiety at bay because you'll know that it's within your power to do well on big final day.
So dear students! Put on your battle dress, get in your arms and weapons, march bravely towards the battle field and fight with the full force. No one there can beat you.
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