EducationHave you lost your sleep overboard exams?

Have you lost your sleep overboard exams?

Examination fear is not very uncommon among students, parents, and teachers. The competition to excel in the exam often fills a student with anxiety, nervousness and sometimes stress. This fear is very natural and sooner we accept the fact better it becomes to normalise with it.

Let’s not forget that examination is designed to test our potentials, and it is very similar to any sports. One needs first to know the game, then practice and finally give the best shot. Examination poses like a challenge, and it’s exhilarating to take up this with a positive mind and excel. As rightly said, “changing the brain, improves the consequences “. To be on the right track, here are some tips to attempt the board exams easily.

Have you lost your sleep overboard exams? Here are the five things you can do to Cope with the loss:

Think Positive

A mind is a potent machine; it is just like “Google”, and it remembers the topics more which you search very often. So always give the right feed to your mind. Always confirm that you can take the exams and you will do well. Doing this simple exercise will make you look for options to study; it will open the windows to various ways you can consider, rather than behaving opposite. Try this for at least thirty days, let your brain get into the habit of making you think positive, this process is very similar like growing a plant, each day you need to water the plant so that it becomes, so each day let your brain find ways to make you sit and study.

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Gather the resources

Collect all the materials, textbooks, reference books, notes, etc. Get in touch with the teachers, lose your inhibition, and ask for help even if a classmate you may not have interacted with. See what they are right in, learn from them. Design your path of success; keep yourself motivated with your motivational quotes. Write them on paper and stick to the wall of your bedroom from where you can see it each day. This is an excellent way of self-motivation. This will act as a positive feed to your mindset. Keep your study table organised, get away with the clutter.

Outline the syllabus and pattern of exams

Without wasting time, focus on the topics given as per the board in the curriculum, classify them into what you know and what you need to know. Make simple notes which are handy for every subject. Plan your study time for each topic. Keep the picture clarity of the issues you should focus on. Prepare the time table as per your strength and weakness. Like the subjects, you know well to keep them for revision what you don’t know gives them more time. Study as per the marking scheme for every chapter.

Follow the 3R’s

An average human brain forgets 90% of learned information with 24 hours. Hence follow the 3R’s that are READ, REVISE and REPEAT. Often students mug up a lot, and they forget most of it the next morning. The key to this problem is simple to REVISE. Attempt questions from the textbook, reference books, etc.

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Manage your time

Time management is essential for any examination. Make your time such that it is sufficient for you to learn all the subjects. Cut down the activities wherein you tend to get distracted and waste time like social media. Plan your time for a day, a week and ultimately for a month with achievable goals. Choose the topics which are of high weight, do them first! Avoid worries and doubtful thoughts. If you are not able to fit the entire syllabus, then focus on the essential topics. Keep time for your play too.

Sleep well and exercise

Exam preparation is a very challenging task, so proper sleep and exercise form a crucial part of your daily regime. Start your day with simple yoga steps or meditation. This will keep your body and mind fit. Play any game for 20 minutes or go for a brisk walk in the evening. Remember the saying “A healthy mind resides in a healthy body”. Stay hydrated, drink enough water. Avoid caffeine!

 Art of exam preparation

Write theorems, reactions, terms, formulae, flow charts on papers and stick them in your study area, keep reading them every time. Be creative!

Avoid distractions

Stay focussed, spending too much time on gadgets and social media sites wastes a lot of time. Instead replace it with some other activity, like drawing diagrams of the text.

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Mock tests and previous year Question papers

Past year question papers help in understanding the pattern of question paper, and the type of question asked, it also gives us an idea of time management. While practising question paper would enable you to understand the time management. Never think of giving board exams without exercising previous year paper.

Practice to write in an excellent legible handwriting

Handwriting is significant from the board’s point of view; excellent presentation in paper accelerates your potential of getting you more marks. As faculties have a lot of documents to be corrected in a limited time, hence neat and legible handwriting draws their attention more towards the paper. Be creative in writing answers, use diagrammatic illustrations, flow charts, underline the main points, draw neat and well-labelled diagrams, draw clouds around headings and subheadings, draw the rough columns for showing calculations in maths and physics paper.

Analyse your strengths and weaknesses

We all are good at some subjects, find out YOURS! And give your best shot in that paper. Write down your strengths and weaknesses on a sheet of paper. Focus on the subject you are right in and continue reading and practising the question you find difficult so that you don’t lose. Don’t get deviated; keep up your enthusiasm.

Stop daydreaming

In the end, remember that hard work makes one luckier, so keep walking towards your goal, without thinking about the result, put your energy more into the process of reaching your aspirations more than just feeling “if you would achieve that or not”. Have realistic, achievable goals. Do not promise yourself to break the mountain.

Read, revise and practice paper. NCERT books are the best to prepare first, and then move on to the reference books.

Vanita Mishra
Vanita Mishra
Teacher with a passion to write. I have done my master's in zoology and bachelor's in Life sciences. I have been teaching biology since 2011. Along with my work, I like reading and writing. I have written an article on as well as done content authoring work for Seneca.

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