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How to handle exam stress or pressure?

Stress related to exams can drain a student’s mental and physical energy, especially when there are parents’ high expectations, peer pressure, and increasing competition. Students can make use of the following tips to deal with exam stress:

  1. Manage time

Time management and proper organization of resources are key. Instead of just working hard, attempt to work smart as well. Study the subjects you consider to be most crucial first. If you have your study schedule and other activities chalked out ahead of time, you’ll be able to think more strategically about how long each task will take you to finish. Hence, don’t undervalue the significance of time management.

  1. Have proper food and diet

Amidst your crazy schedule, do not forget to have your meals on time. Eat a diet high in protein, drink a lot of water, and take time for a minimum of 30 minutes of workout every day. It can just be a walk, jogging, cycling, etc. As a result, you’ll become more efficient.

  1. Remain calm

Exam anxiety is a relatively common occurrence among students. When you start to get anxious, just stay there for a moment, take a deep breath, stay hydrated, and then resume your studies. Always keep in mind that there is a solution to every issue and that no exam can ever determine your future. If you feel stuck with a particular topic, pick up the material that you learn and comprehend well.

  1. Seek help without any hesitation

The best course of action is to talk things out if you’re feeling lost or confused about something. Ask your parents, friends, or teachers for advice on how to proceed. Never hesitate to ask your teacher or mentor questions. They are always there to assist you. Friends also play a big part in this. We usually realize that friends make the finest listeners.

  1. Avoid distractions

Nowadays, we are experiencing a content explosion in all aspects of life. So everything can serve as a distraction. Due to online learning resources, most students who have access to smartphones are most easily distracted. When learning, strictly put your smartphone aside. Moreover, keep them off so that the notifications won’t divert your attention. Take this test to find out if you have trouble staying focused. If there is any function at home or your family watching television, make sure you choose a study place that is away or free from noise.

  1. Take regular breaks

Avoid studying non-stop for extended periods. Take enough breaks. If you study for 6-7 hours without a break, your learning will likely be sluggish and you won’t be able to concentrate or retain everything. Take regular breaks, deep breaths, eat some fruit or juice, stretch, and then resume your studies.

  1. Keep your study desk tidy

A disorganized desk indicates a disorganized mind. Working at a disorganized desk will likely cause your mind to become bombarded with thoughts, making it difficult for you to concentrate on one area. To study effectively, keep your workspace neat, and tidy.

Finally, let us accept that a little exam tension can also be helpful because it provides you the extra push to complete the task.


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