Boards are rumored to be these life altering examinations that decide what college you get in, what job you land up with and how much you are going to earn in the future.
All your life, teachers, parents, seniors, relatives and almost everyone has been telling you to perform well in boards and get high grades. So when so many people are interested in your board results, a lot is on stake!
A board aspirant goes through a lot during this period. The syllabi, the competition and the unpredictability of the papers, everything plays a role in adding up to the anxiety. The obvious solution to get hold of this overwhelming feeling is by studying and preparing in the best manner possible.
However, even the brightest of minds end up panicking and do silly mistakes. So, the key to score well is by calming relieving your mind of unnecessary stress. Below are a few handy tips to fight exam related stress..
In case you think you can rock a 3 hour exam with just 3 hours of sleep, then you’re living a myth. Such people are there, but only in movies, not in real life.
Adequate sleep in necessary to give your mind and body the rest it needs. Walking in the exam hall with a tired mind will not let you perform to the best of your potential, which is definitely not a good thing.
Kick all distractions
Well, a 5 minute standup comedy video or plugging in your earphones for your favorite song is not a bad idea for taking a break, but a 3 hour movie is! Since you are going through your exams, it’s your responsibility to keep all distractions at bay!
Remember: Your favorite movies and TV series can be seen in the future as well and your favorite junk food restaurant will also continue cooking after your exams are over. However, board exams are only going to happen once. The time demands you to focus your mind on exams and keep it here. Don’t get distracted.
Talk my friend, talk!
Here is a tip that can do wonders right before the exam. When you are going to your examination center, discuss about the things you like. Be it politics, your favorite movie, favorite food, a sports event, discuss something not related to exams.
This way, when you divert your mind a little, it gets the rest it needs and comes back stronger. So, don’t mind talking to people. And if all the people around you are busy in their books, you can talk to yourself as well.
Stay in the present
Another big question that haunts every student sitting in boards is,” What if I get a low score in my boards?” Or, “what if don’t get the X.X CGPA or YZ percentage?” Well, having a target in mind is always good, but worrying constantly about the future is not going to help.
Understand that the only way to avoid such questions is by staying in the present. If you do well in the exam, you’ll automatically get the CGPA or the percentage you deserve. Therefore, worrying about it in advance won’t help.
Don’t play ‘Me Vs My Friend’ game
We all hate it when our parents compare us to Sharma Ji Ka Ladka. But we sure do that to ourselves in our minds. Comparing yourself to others is like running in a rat race, it is of no use at all. Healthy competition is one thing, however, make sure that it stays to the bare minimum. Focus on yourself, not on others.
After exam discussion isn’t going to help
And then there are those crazy friends who start discussing the question paper, as soon as it ends.
Ask yourself, is it helpful in anyway? No, it can actually go against you. Unfortunately, if you discovered that two or three of your answers are wrong, it can significantly impact your performance and preparation for the next exam. Therefore, leave what has happened in the past and prepare for the future.
One of the worst things that can happen during exam days is cold, fever or a bad stomach. In such cases, even if you want to study, you cannot and your body feels restless during the examination, hindering your performance. Therefore, it is your primary responsibility to stay healthy during exams.
Yoga, meditation or a little bit of work out is always helpful. If you are not into these things, then at least eat healthy. Please skip junk food in these days. Eat what makes your body active and healthy.
In the end, just chillax!
It all boils down to this, you just have to let go of all the stress. Keep your mind balanced and relaxed but don’t forget the time constraint. Music is probably the best way to deal with stress.
A little nervousness is always going to be there, but don’t let that overpower you. Hope this article was helpful and All the best!