Exam season is not too far away and we are all aware of the pressure and importance of the 10th and 12th board exams for our students and their parents. We all know that kids get stressed, nervous and anxious and some even end up breaking down before or on the day of their exams. The most essential thing to get past all the nervousness is to keep ones cool and be calm. Some students will feel a growing sense of dread as exam season approaches – while others may appear irritatingly unfazed, you should know that you are not the only one who feels this during examinations. It’s a good idea to talk to class mates and teachers to share fears. You won’t be the only person who is nervous.
A bit of stress can be good in exams. Professionals agree that a small amount of stress can be good. “Normal levels of stress can help you to work and think faster and more effectively, as well as improve your performance. Too much stress however, can stop students from performing as well as they could in exams. Stress is a massive barrier and it’s certainly something that a lot of student are trying to tackling and overcome.
It is imperative for each and every student to keep calm during their exams. It is only an exam. The result is not a reflection of who you are as a person. If you invest too much of your self-worth in studying and exams it can create additional stress and anxiety. It’s important that you feel rested on the day of the exam. Even 4-5 hours of sleep may be enough. It’s hard to produce your best work in the exam if you are feeling exhausted. Some people overeat when they are feeling anxious, while others stop eating at all. Eating a nutritious meal can help you feel physically comfortable and stay alert and focused for your exam, it can easy you mind and calm your senses as well.
Relax yourself during the exam if you notice that you are feeling very anxious or are not thinking well. Stop, close your eyes if necessary, and take several slow, deep breaths. Concentrate only on your breathing for a minute or so and then return to the exam paper. Taking a minute to calm yourself and refocus may be time well spent. During the preparation for your exams spend just 5 minutes each day imagining yourself actually doing the exam, feeling calm, relaxed, well-prepared, clear-headed and confident. See yourself answering all the questions with ease and accuracy.
Don’t waste time worrying, doubting yourself, wondering how other people are doing, telling yourself that you should have studied more. Don’t think about what you should have done, pay attention to what you can do now. Tell yourself “I can be anxious later, right now I’m going to concentrate on the exam”. Avoid thinking of yourself and exams in a negative way. Instead of thinking, “I know I’m going to fail” try and think “I’ll do my best”. The entire staff of BIPS wishes each and every student all the very best for their exams. We have full faith in each of our students and we know that each one is capable of excelling in one way or another.