In India, exams create a different environment altogether. From parents to students, everyone is under deep stress and if we go in-depth, the reason is competition and comparison.
While parents are stressed about their societal status, innocent kids are stressed to see their parents going through the phase.
Apart from this, the peer pressure and school pressure makes the situation worse.
Exam fear is one of the common things which you can find in every student who is going to attend exams. Though this is not very unusual but can have a negative effect when you write your exam. Some of the main reasons are stress and expectations from parents and teachers.
Most of such cases can be found in students who will be attending board examinations. If students encounter exam fear or stress, they will not be able to perform well.
Fear usually leads to stress, thus developing anxiety and depression in students. This ultimately results in performing poorly in exams.
Here are 10 tips to overcome exam fear and to reduce anxiety.
1. Start revising early: Never keep revision for the 16th hour. It is suggested to start revision two days before the exam and a night before the exam should be kept for relaxation and students should try to meditate to keep calm and just go through formulas and equations a night before the exam.
2. Make your own timetable: When it comes to Indian students, they are often compared to others by society and parents. It is important to understand that every individual is different and one should make their own timetable or routine of studying hours keeping their potential in view.
3. Chart out a plan: Planning out things is always good. During the examination time, the best way to understand the subject is through flow charts, graphs and pictures. It helps you understand the subject easily and is also in mind for years.
4. Mix subjects: Never ever focus only on one subject. In such cases, other subjects are left out and at the end moment you might miss out some chapters. It is advisable to make routine and dedicate some time to each subject daily or on alternate days to create a balance.
5. Allocate time for breaks: Studying continuously for long hours is not only tiring but also bad for your health. It is important to take a break after every hour or so, to relax your body. Try to stretch your body, drink water/juice during the break to rejuvenate the body. According to health experts, stretching helps in improving the body circulation of the body.
6. Sleep well: In school days, a minimum of 8-9 hours of sleep is necessary to relax the body and mind. In case you fail to do so, it requires parents’ intervention in rescheduling your timetable to create a balance.
7. Take notes: While preparing for exams or revising the chapter, take notes of important dates, events, people and incidents. These are very helpful in structuring your final revision and in the exam hall; they are effective in making your answers rich in content.
8. Write legibly: This is the duty of parents and teachers to mention kids about writing legibly. It often happens that under exam pressure, kids don’t pay attention to their writing and try to finish paper on time. That’s why it is suggested to practice mock paper in the school classroom and at home to improve time management skills.
9. Using highlighters: This is interlinked with the above point. Use of highlighter makes it easy for the examiner to understand your knowledge about the subject and also helps in forming a good impression. Also, the use of highlighter during the preparation of the exam helps you remember important aspects of the subject.
10. Headings and subheadings: While answering, always use heads and sub-heads to deal with all subject. It makes it easy for the examiner to understand what all has been answered, also it looks neat. Also, use paragraphs while answering to avoid confusion and providing sequence wise information.