How Students Can Beat Exam Stress and Study Well
What’s the scariest moment in your college life? For me, it’s the final exams. I’m kind of a procrastinator, a lazy being who unconsciously clutters up my To-Do list. And when the exam comes in, I stress the hell out of me. (I used to. And not anymore)
Stress is a huge part of our lives. And it grows wild when you’re at college. It’s something you have to deal with, like a boss. But, we don’t really do it, thus letting it get the best of us.
If you’re reading this, there’s a good (or bad) chance that you also stress out at the time of exams. And hey, it’s pretty normal. Stress is the part of your brain that helps you to survive. It drives you to take action and to succeed in your goals. That’s when stress helps you.
When the exam comes, you start to stress out, thus altering your body and mind to take action to succeed in the task of doing well for the exams. At least, that’s what the “Stress” tries to do.
But, are you really able to beat exam stress and study well? You will be needing a lot of relief to deal with it. Here are my top stress busting techniques to cope up with the scary scene and manage your studies to do well on the exams.
How To Prevent getting trapped in a Stress Zone?
Prevention is better than cure. There’s no argument to that. Why do you need to deal with stress if you can totally prevent it from happening?
Make sure you study well before the exam. Don’t clutter up your to-do list (like I used to do). Finish your tasks as early as possible. Do not leave them for the next day.
And if you have to collect any study materials, do so. Don’t plan to do all the research and find the text books when you’re one or two days away from the exam. That’ll stress you out even more.
So, get ready for the fight even before your enemy prepare its weapons.
How to study well when you are stressed out?
Avoid stressful people at all costs.
This is the first thing I’d suggest to a stressed student to do. Stress is contagious. It can spread like the Swine Flu virus. Imagine if you’re in a room full of students walking around with books on their hands, studying, reading out loud. They all looked tensed, worried and stressed out. When you’re surrounded with negative energy, it will also get infected to you.
It is better to study alone than in groups, unless you know if they are also stressed or not. Only go for a combined study sessions if your friends are confident about the exam. This will help you to gain some confidence too.
Make use of graphs.
While you’re studying, take notes using graphs, diagrams, illustrations and figures as possible. This will help you to improve your learning process, thus helping you to get out of the stress zone easily.
Using visual images can help you to recall the information you’ve learned later like a piece of cake. You don’t need to be the Picasso or Da Vinci. Just draw out things that will help you to understand the data better, and convert it into understandable information.
Just like a vehicle needs fuel, your body also need food to work. But, not just any food, but you’ll have to crush in some healthy food for the effective functioning of your body.
Make sure your diet has a lot of nutrients in it. And avoid junk food at all costs. You’ll have the cravings to grab a spicy burger from the local store, but don’t.
While sugar might give you a quick burst of energy, it lows down the same energy much faster and leaving you tired and exhausted. Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables to keep your blood sugar stable.
Get plenty of sleep.
You recharge your mobile phone’s battery before going out. Sleeping is when you recharge your bodily energy. Even if you’ve completely studied for the exam and haven’t slept the other night, you won’t be able to ace in your exam.
It’s more stressful to try memorizing a lot of things or complicated concepts on less than 6 hours sleep.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Seven Hours is the Optimal amount of Sleep you need.
You’re not a robot. You’re a human, a kind of species which can’t continuously work for hours . For every hours you work, make sure you take a break of at least 10 to 15 minutes. Let yourself do whatever you want.
Try talking to (confident) people, flirt with that other girl over Facebook or even sing a song out. It’ll surely help.
These breaks are important for your brain to rest and keep you more focused when you’re actually working.
Believe and visualize success.
This is one thing that really works, even though it sounds stupid for some people. When you’re stressed about the upcoming exam, picture yourself writing the test and feeling confident that you know all the answers.
Imagine all the good things that could happen to you after the exam including all the appreciation. This helps you to believe you can do it, thus, helping you to do succeed in real time.
Over to you.
Again, I’d like to mention that it’s totally normal to feel stressed during the exams. But, make sure you don’t take it in a negative way and give up. You can easily manage to deal with stress using all the above techniques and do well on your exam. Good luck.
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