February is a high time when parents, teachers and students tighten their belts in terrifying wait of the board examination. This is the time when teenager belonging to 10th and 12th standards are stressed out and scared to death. Be it a high achiever or someone who has been sulking on his/her studies, both, have a ticking time bomb inside their minds trying to figure out, how to get the best scores to their abilities.
What we forget this stress exists for a reason, you can either choose to let it be the cause of your downfall or use it as a driving force to improve your results. But, to fight exam stress, first you need to understand the reasons behind it, and you can establish ways to turn it into driving force. The major reasons for stress can be, either you lack the preparation & planning or competition among each other. We do not realize, but high expectations from parents are the major cause of exam stress.
All of us go through the same stress, but I will share the ways I kept my stress levels in check during my board.
1. Plan your study routine:
This is the easiest thing to do on the list. It is shocking to see the number of students who think creating a study plan is a waste of time. The ones that create it have a tough time following it. But with some effort, in the beginning, you can be more productive and motivated with each passing day. You just have to plan on:
“How many hours to study for board exams?”
“Which subject deserves the priority?”
“How to separate your leisure time?”
2. Avoid distractions:
I can bet on the fact that you don’t even realize how many times you check your social media accounts. Studies have shown that people between the age of 15 and 22 spend their 67% of the time of various social media accounts. I know most of the things that you love exist in the world of social media, but ask yourself is it really that important? It can be hard to detach but keeping the goal in mind can ease the process.
3. Get enough sleep
There are a lot of us who spend late nights trying to study, and it works for most of us as well, but a lot of us underestimate the benefits of proper night’s sleep. Sleep helps us assimilate knowledge into a long term memory so that we can recall it later. It is stated that people between 14 and 18 should sleep for at least 8 hours. You don’t have to sleep for 8 hours but give yourself enough rest that your mind doesn’t feel tired.
4. Pick a relaxing activity:
Mind in constant pressure ends up exhausting you in such a way that your subconscious mind finds ways to deflect you by picking a distraction. Do what you love other than sitting in front of a computer or TV screen. Meditate if that keeps your mind calm, listen to music if it helps, go for a run outside, or just drink a cup of coffee. This will help you keep your mind focussed and reduce stress.
5. Talk to someone:
It does affect your studies when you aren’t able to concentrate due to anxiety and stress. It does help when you speak with someone who could give you some useful advice. I understand the advice our parents give us at this point will have no effect. You can always talk to an elder brother, friend, teacher or a senior who would sit down with you and tell you how easy it reduces the stress and still get better scores.