It’s quite obvious for any student to get stressed or anxious when he/she is going to appear for a board exam, be it of CBSE, UP board or any other state board. In fact, the class 10 students, for whom the board exam comes as the first major challenge in life, are more afraid of taking the big exam. But, dear students! there’s nothing so extraordinary about the board exam as it is similar to any other regular exam that you have appeared in earlier. You will be given a blend of easy and complex questions to answer, the same as in other exams. The only difference is that, this time these questions will not be prepared by your school teachers and the answers will be checked by the external examiners selected by the board. You feel stressed and anxious about the board exams. Actually, the whole game is played by your brain which tries to exaggerate the things in tough situations. All you need is to control your brain and keep it healthy and calm.
Below you will get a few tips on how you can train your brain to stay fearless and work properly during the exam days:
1. Eat good and frequent meals
Healthy mind resides in a healthy body. Empty stomach directly hits the brain. The cells of your brain rely on the energy from food just like any other cell in the body. Without proper nutrition, your brain's capacity can be negatively impacted which in turn affects various related functions like concentration, memory, sleep patterns and your mood. Avoid large meals as they can make you feel sleepy and lethargic. Always take small, frequent, nutritious meals to ensure a steady stream of energy and have a calming effect on the brain.
2. Sleep well and at fixed times
There are many important benefits of getting a good night sleep. After working hard the whole day, our brain like other body parts gets tired and loses its efficiency to work anymore. A good and sound night sleep provides your mind and body with a power boost. It gives a fresh start to the next day. Moreover, sleep is a key component of your mental well-being. It enhances your cognitive abilities. It helps you focus and think more creatively. When you are well-rested, you tend to feel happier and more optimistic. Sleep helps reduce feelings of frustration, anxiety and depression. Thus, for a student, a proper sleep can come out to be the success secret.
3. Exercise your brain for peace
Exercise is as important for the brain as is for the whole body. Exercise benefits the brain by reducing insulin resistance, stimulating the release and survival of new blood vessels in the brain. Practice the light exercise which helps to shed away the mental stress and increase its ability to focus and learn. Meditation can be one such exercise that teaches us how to transform negative thoughts to positive ones and plant constructive thoughts. It takes you to the world full of peace and tranquillity. Also, deep breathing exercise at the start and end of each study session will help to rejuvenate your energy levels. Laughter is again considered the best medicine to shed away the stress. Laughter engages multiple regions of the brain and simultaneously reduces stress. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent exercises to adopt a stress-free and fearless mind.
4. Make an organized study schedule
Keep your brain aware of your daily routine so that it is always prepared to take the next action and has no time to think of the fearful sight of the exam. A good study schedule is enough to make you well prepared for the exams. You must list what you need to revise for each subject and then divide that by the number of days you are left with before the exam. If you have worked hard and are all set to take the exam then there’s no reason for you to be afraid of the coming challenge.
5. Reward yourself with positive thoughts
Make sure you reach the target each day according to your schedule and when you achieve the preset target, reward yourself with positive thoughts like, “Yes! I have done this.”, “I will surely complete the remaining part before time.” This will boost your confidence and accelerate your efficiency. Try to solve papers over the weekend within the stipulated period as indicated on the exam papers, so as to get acquainted with the exam pattern and learn time management. This will give you an overview of the experience of sitting for the final exam and fill your mind with the easy thoughts.
6. Take small, frequent study breaks
Continually studying for long hours can make your mind and body stressed and fatigued which ultimately infuses fearful thoughts into your brain. Your brain will not be able to grasp any more information and this will add to your exam phobia. So, break out your study schedule to break the monotony and do some mind refreshing and recreational activities like singing, watching your favourite T.V. series, chatting with your friends, playing games, having snacks, etc. This way your mind will get refreshed and recharged, and becomes ready to absorb in more stuff.
So guyz, don’t take the board exams as a burden or anything to disturb your life in a negative way. Take the challenge bravely and let your result reflect your hard work.
All the very best!!!