English Article: EXAM FEAR? | Duglas Joseph

These are Mid term exam days. Now the billion dollar question is how to prepare for exams in a short time? Students are of different types and not all of them are brilliant students. Some students don’t spend much time for study, yet manage to score well in exams. There are also students who study hard but don’t get the desired result. Here are a few preparation tips to help students to achieve higher grades in exams.

Trust God and Yourself: Sometimes the pressure of a looming exam can be overwhelming. Trust in the divine blessings would help to ease tension. Students should pray well before the exam as it helps in relaxing their mind and also provides immense energy and peace to the mind. And it is much important that you are confident about yourself of producing splendid result.

Positive Approach: Fear and stress certainly have negative impact on your preparation as well as performance in the exams. Here comes the role of parents. I have seen many teachers and parents increase the tension of students by
them to achieve some targets beyond their ability. Parents and teachers should not be panic creators instead boost up their confidence. Practice past papers: One of the most effective ways to prepare for exams is to practice past papers. This helps you get used to the format of the questions, and time management. Do some past papers in a time bound manner and it certainly provides you a best rehearsal for the final exam.

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Brief study notes and flash cards: While you study, write the main points in a flash card or in a sticky note. Make such study notes for all the topics you have learned. Getting your ideas down in this brief format can then help you to revise quickly before the exam. It would also help you to remember important points during the exam.

Keep away from Social Media: Many students are found chatting with friends for hours or playing games. They have a strong tendency to continue this habit even during exam days. There is no doubt that spending too much time can negatively affect their grades. Parents should effectively intervene to minimise or completely avoid use of social media during pre-exam days. Rapidly swapping attention between studying and social networking or gaming makes it more difficult for your brain to prioritize information acquisition.

Group Study: Get together with friends for a study session is an effective way of preparation for exams. Working with other people can help you clear doubts and also help you remember more information by explaining things to them or have conversations about the topic.

Special Study time table for exams: Preparing a special time table for exam is helpful to revise different subjects according to difficult level. Tough subjects and the ones in which a student is weak should be given more hours, and easier ones should be given less hours with sufficient intervals between each subject.

Time to Study: Time is possibly the most important factor. According to a research conducted, human brain is in its most active state between 5 am to 8 am in the morning and in the evening between 7 pm to 11 pm. Therefore, students who study during these timings have the maximum retention power in comparison with others. Don’t study for long hours at a stretch instead take a break after every 30 minutes.

Eat right: Students should avoid junk food, and instead include plenty of vegetables and fruits and energy giving food items such as fish, nuts, seeds and yogurt. Need to drink fresh water and try to avoid fizzy drinks.

Sleep well: Children in middle and senior school require on average 8 hours of sleep for best performance. The biggest mistake students commit during exam time is that they don’t sleep well. Get plenty of rest the night before the exam.

Don’t Cram: Many students try to swallow maximum just before the exam. Cramming is not a good method of studying. Cramming bulk load of lessons can result in forgetting everything. The preparation and study for exam should start as early as possible. Cramming the night before is proven to be ineffective, because you’re taking in so much information at once that it’s impossible to memorize it at all.

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