Forget that it’s summer already but there is another season that is much more important – examination.
This season is quite specific to students who are appearing for their exams. Examinations are undoubtedly a situation, which calls for stress and the pile of exam stress for students can mount up pretty high.
Every child goes through such situations and learns to cope up with stress arising out of them. Exam stress is an unavoidable part of student life that can be a tough nut to crack.
Every student who aims to become a high-achiever will experience exam stress. Remember, stress exists for a reason and you can choose to let it be your downfall, or use it to drive you to improve your work.
To combat exam stress, first you need to understand the reasons behind this increased anxiety. Then you can establish methods to reduce the pressures you feel.
Exam stress affects most students in varying ways. It is important to manage this stress and find little ways of helping to eliminate the risk of a burnout.
Here are some basic reasons why researchers think students face exam stress :
– Low motivation levels
– Lack of preparation and planning
– High expectations of parents
– Competition from peers
The reasons to exam stress can vary from student to student but how do we combat it?
Here are some surprising and easy ways to handle exam stress
1. Plan an early revision
To know what you are up against, know your subjects well enough. Make a planner that can let you finish your exam study material well in advance, it lets you relax and be confident in what you know and what you don’t know. Also, the students can choose the time of their study! If students desire, they can choose to study in the calm of nights or in the freshness of mornings! Or, they can select any time of the day, for that matter! This is time you can use it to make sure you are ready and eliminate exam stress.
2. Schedule regular breaks
Breaks are necessary. They are important as every student has a different attention span hence keep that in mind and work accordingly. Don’t let your brain get tired. Watch a film, a TV show or listen to a podcast of a comedian that makes you laugh. Take a shower or even a long bath can help to relieve exam stress.
Avoid going on hours studying, only because you have to.
3. Try to get enough sleep
The benefits of a proper night’s sleep can never be underestimated. Most importantly, sleep helps your brain to assimilate new knowledge into your long-term memory so that you can recall it when it comes to test day. The duration of the sleep may depend on requirements from student to student. Still, a 7-hour slumber would be an ideal one. Students must not compromise with the outcomes of their efforts on preparation, come what may.
4. Have a balanced meal
Exam preparation, being quite a demanding exercise, asks for the filling of the loss of nutrients, in the process. Students must take a hearty meal filled with all the necessary five nutrients- protein, carbohydrates, fats, minerals, and vitamins, therefore. One of the famous food is dark chocolate ( in moderation, of course) as it releases endorphins which act as a natural stress fighter.
5. Speak to someone
If your exam stress gets to a point where it is overwhelming, and is affecting your day-to-day life, try and speak to someone about it. Open up to a family member or a friend about the pressure you feel. You’ll be amazed to know that you aren’t alone in feeling like this. Just sharing about the exam will put you to ease.
As for students they can study and do their best but what can parents, family and friends do to help them? here are few things you can do
–Student can fail to do well if they fail to cope with stress, parents should guide their children in planning, organizing and setting a time-table
–To avoid a stressful situation for the child the parents must provide right kind of motivation and a conducive environment
–Help the child in maintaining his confidence especially when he seems discouraged by his dropping marks or grades. Do not display your anxiety to the child
–The achievement goals should be realistically set and according to the child’s capability
–Work out your child’s schedule with him/her instead of nagging
–If achievement expectations are too high then some children would prefer to be criticized for being lazy than being considered not good enough
–Humour relieves tension. Be light and humorous with the child
–Don’t remind them of previous failure.
At the end of the day examination are not the end of the world, even though it may seem so.
Don’t stop enjoying life. This is a common mistake that if he/she isolated themselves from all the fun they will do better. Keep things in perspective and exam stress at bay.
Yes, exams are important. But you are so much more than your exam results.