Students’ lives get thrown into chaos, usually, as soon as the date sheet for their exams arrives. Suddenly, you have family members pushing you to do to things the way they believe will help you. You’re even getting texts from classmates you barely speak to, asking you how well your exam preparations are going. But sometimes, things like that only serve to stress you out. However, this is not something you can avoid altogether. It’s best to stay focused on your own plans.
Your performance in your board exams isn’t dependent on the number of past papers you have solved or the amount of Omega-3 fatty acids you’ve consumed. Certainly, these things will help you a lot. But they’re not everything you need to do well in your exams. What most students need is a comfortable, simple routine to follow. The less stress, the better.
Here are 8 things you should do during the exam season. They’re not sure-fire tickets to success, but they’re definitely helpful!
You, as a high school student, might think that getting enough sleep is just exaggerated. However, that’s not the case at all. Sleep has been proven to reduce stress and improve focus. If you’re sleep deprived, you definitely won’t be able to perform well in your exams. Make sure that you get at least 8 hours of sleep every night.
Whatever preparations you needed to make for your exams, your time was before your exam week started. During this week, you should avoid learning newer concepts. Instead, you should stick to revision. You should solve your past papers, re-read your textbook and notes. Learning new concepts when you have your exams might stress you out. Aside from that, you might be able to retain them in your long-term memory.
Once you’re done with an exam, don’t whip out your studying materials to start your revision for your next exam immediately. If you have a day’s gap before your next exam, you should rest on the day you had your exam. This will help you stay charged and focused.
Similar to getting enough sleep, you might also believe that your diet won’t really affect your performance in an exam. But it has more effect than you realize. If you eat heavy meals, your body will be focused on digesting it instead of giving your brain all that energy. Eating heavy meals and then studying/taking an exam is like forcing your body to multitask. And, as you probably already know, the results of multitasking are never as good as a task performed with full focus.Aside from its effect on your body’s energy, your diet basically sets the course for your overall brain function. Eating greasy food will make you drowsy and overly warm and ingesting too many cold beverages or ice cream would probably make you catch a cold. Instead, try to maintain a balanced diet. Eat nuts, greens, fruit, protein, etc. all year, and especially during exam season. You can read more about foods that optimize brain performance here:
Stress-free activities include taking walks or listening to music. You should perform any activities that help you relax when you’re taking breaks from your revision sessions. And even while you’re studying, you should avoid topics and tasks that will soak up too much of your energy. You should finish all your studies and most of your exam preparations a few days before your exams begin. During this week, it’s good to stick to solving past papers, reviewing exercises, and reading your notes.
This is probably the most important thing on the list. If you constantly have a negative mindset, especially about your exams, then the highest chances are that you’ll do poorly. It’s good if you stay motivated and believe in your own abilities. You’ll be surprised by how much this will help you perform well in your exams.
Every student has a different way of going about exam preparations. Don’t compare yourself to others. And, especially, avoid comparing answers after an exam. Whatever you got wrong or did right doesn’t matter because what’s done is done. Unless it’s a class test or a mid-term exam, there’s no point in worrying about what you did. You’ll find how you did out when you get your final board exam results. Always look forward.
This isn’t empty advice. The benefits of waking up early in the morning include being able to use the day completely. If you wake up around 7 AM, you’ll have enough time to comfortably eat breakfast and revise at a sensible pace all day. Your productivity will also go down when the sun begins to set because that’s when the most commotion in your surroundings will happen. Your family members will come home, you’ll start getting texts from your friends, etc. It’s best to take advantage of the peaceful early morning hours.
It’s best to get everything ready a day before. Your admit card, water bottle, lunch or snacks, stationery, map, uniform, etc. should be ready at least the night before your exam day. This way, you’ll be able to wake up fully rested and calmly follow your morning routine. The less disruption and chaos you’ll experience before your exam, the better.
This is so you can have enough time on your hands in case something unexpected happens. You might miss the bus you need to take, or your own car could have a punctured tire. You could even get lost on your way to the exam venue. It’s best to be cautious.
With the help of these tips, your exam week should pass smoothly with minimal disruptions. Keep in mind that exams are not the end of the world. They’re just a series of standardized tests that will measure your abilities and understanding of the curriculum. Of course, it’s important to pass them with good marks. But make sure that you do not end up performing counterproductive actions in your frenzy to achieve good grades.
The tips mentioned above will certainly help you, but you should stick to what you’re comfortable with. Every student is different and there’s no right way to do most things. Just make sure that whatever you’re doing is healthy, safe, and smart. Good luck preparing for your exams!