Beat the Examination Blues
The journey of life is replete with various milestones, each one moulding our life in its unique way with a sudden discovery of a potential, promising facet of our persona, hitherto unknown to us. Such decisive moments do not fail to surprise us with the realization of how much we are capable of and how we never make the most of it. Board Examination is one such milestone, which according to many will steer your life in a desired direction of your ambitions but according to me ,Dear children,is a testimony to your grit, perseverance, discipline, single-mindedness of purpose, the values that in true sense will shape your life ahead.
Not losing the practical aspect of the things, we understand the anxiety that you grapple with at this time of the year. The expectations of your parents, teachers and yours too,lead you to set high benchmark for yourself, thus aggravating your stress level. And fair enough-in today’s era of cut-throat competition where a child may fail to get subject of his choice in class XI or is unable to get admission in an institute he has always longed for or not able to tread the path of his dream career just because he lagged behind by an iota, one cannot deny the importance of scores one achieves in the examinations.However, if only stress could magically help us in accomplishing our goals, one would advise us to take a maximum dose of it. The truth is that rather than doing any good, it only adds to our miseries. It is not a mere myth but proved scientifically that stress has a deleterious effect on physical and mental health of an individual. Starting from disrupting our immune system,causing negative impact on heart,to an imbalance of our hormones,stress works miraculously fast in oozing out the nectar of life from an individual’s life.
However much we may preach not to take stress, what if it still creeps in and makes its abode in our mind and body.Of course, we cannot yield to it. We have to fight it because if we don’t overpower it, it will overpower us. I am sure no one likes to be dictated by anyone be it a person, thing or a habit. Let’s follow a few simple steps to avoid being ensnared in the web of stress and to pacify the butterflies fluttering in our stomach:
- Practice breathing exercises. Meditation or sports activities are also of great help. Research has shown that apart from bequeathing a good health, meditation raises the IQ level, concentration, alertness and resistance to the physical effects of stress during exams.Not only does meditating make the brain sharper, it also helps to make it a more harmonious unit leading to better cognitive and intellectual performance.So children if you want to score high on affectivity, self-esteem, and emotional competence practice meditation.
- Manage your time effectively- Time management is a key to academic success. Although time management can seem like a pain but once you have mastered this skill, it will enable you to get the most out of life. It can free you to live more effectively, calmly and enjoyably. It can help you get more work done with less stress, disorganization and frustration. It can also give you higher marks throughout the school year, as well as on your quizzes, tests, and exams.The eight strategies below could make a huge impact on your academic career:
- Organize your time
- Assess your time
- Set your priorities
- The objective of time management is to allocate time wisely, so that you can achieve your goals. Even though each subject places different demands on you, by prioritizing, you will increase your chances of success. For each subject, decide how to complete all required tasks, over a weekly, monthly, and yearly basis. This advance planning will increase your awareness, making it less likely for you to squander time away meaninglessly.
- Make a schedule
- After establishing your priorities, set up a schedule which respects your priorities. A wide variety of student organizers, diaries, planners, electronic tools and time management systems are available on the market. Choose or create whatever seems best for you.
- Use a calendar
- In addition to your weekly planner, invest in a large monthly wall calendar. Jot down all the important due dates, deadlines, exams, etc so they are in front of you as a visual reminder.
- Use review cards
- Plan activities logically
- Get to know your bodily cycle; then, schedule activities around it as much as possible. If you always feel sleepy after lunch, for example, use the time to get in your daily walk, instead of fighting to keep your eyes open over a history book.
- Plan some down time
- Schedule some time to relax so you can rest and refresh your mind and body.
Time Management during exams
Successful test taking is a skill that usually requires a bit of practice. Earning a high score on a test isn’t just about the ability to recall everything you’ve learned throughout the course. Equally important is learning to pace yourself adequately so that you leave ample time to work on each part of the examination. Effective time management can help ensure that you do well in the test. Here are a few tips:
- Answer the easy questions first.
- A sound time-management strategy during tests is to answer the easy questions first. The idea is that you will quickly work through these questions, probably quicker than you had budgeted for, allowing you extra time to work on the more difficult sections.
- Focus on a question’s worth.
- After you’ve answered the easy questions, focus your time on the questions that are worth the most points. It makes more sense to spend 10 minutes on 1 question worth 20 points than to spend 10 minutes on 10 questions worth only 1 point each. In other words, 20 points for one question is worth more time than 10 points for 10 questions.
- Keep an eye on the clock.
- Make sure that you wear a watch so that you can stick to your time budget.
- Don’t rush yourself.
- You’ve studied, you’ve practiced, you’ve read through the test, you’ve budgeted your time, and there is no reason to rush yourself. You might be feeling a little anxious or want to hurry up and get the test over with, but time management is about pacing yourself.
- Take a breath or two.
- After you complete a section, give yourself a few seconds to pause and breathe before you move on. This helps you pace yourself, allows you to make sure that you’re managing your time effectively, and helps you mentally move from one task to another.
- Prepare for the unexpected
- No matter how prepared you are for this test and how well you’ve planned to manage your time, something can go wrong. This isn’t the end of the world, though, and shouldn’t derail your schedule at all. Plan for some problems, and be ready for any issues.
Regularity with revision of lessons and concept is essential.
A few effective revision techniques can be used to improve Learning:
- If Time is King, an effective Timetable is Key to Kingly success
At times, students starts revising without making any timetable of what to revise and when to revise. A lot of times, it is last few days’ revision before the exams, which puts more pressure on the students. Always make a timetable for revision well before the exams. A Timetable can include the topics to be revisedand on which dates so that you can thoroughly focus on them. Hence, work towards the exams dates with the timetable and then divide time accordingly for all the subjects one by one. Take Mock Tests or Use Previous Years’ Papers as part of the Timetable revision so that you get familiar with type of questions which can possibly come.
- Summary Cards for Your Notes
A Lot of Students take notes and then again make more notes in different notebooks. Eventually Students tend to have 4-5 notebooks of notes on different topics on same subject. Scattered Notes are usually not that helpful. Make Summary Notes for each of the important topics as brain tends to remember from key portions and tend to focus more on the larger picture.
- Visual Maps for the Mind (Mind Maps)
This visual thinking tool gives a structure to the information. It helps a student to better recall, analyze, comprehend and generate new ideas
- Group Revision
Group Revision has some really good pros which include a joint discussion to understand crucial bits in a subject. In a group while revising you can understand the subject in an easier way than taught at school. At times, the subject gets covered much quicker in a group as division of work can happen to explain and revise the subjects in a group.
SOME MORE TIPS TO KEEP YOU HEALTHY AND HAPPY
- Have plenty of water and eat fruits and vegetables. The pistachio and Walnuts are excellent for the retina and brain.
- Avoid having heavy meals as it may slow you down both mentally and physically. Go for small meals at regular intervals
- Get at least 6 – 7 hours of sound sleep.Staying up late nights will make you feel uneasy and stressful throughout the day.
- A mix of a bit of exercise, fresh air and good food is enough to beat the exam blues.
- Avoid television, films, chatting, long phone calls and online messaging unless necessary. These will tire your brain. Speak less, allow your brain to spend time with yourself and absorb what you learn.
- Do not keep the revision till the last minute.
- Avoid having junk food and caffeine and always keep yourself away from fizzy drinks.
- Never take parental pressure and stay focused on your own goal.
Last but not the least, though marks are important, they do not make or break your world. Give your best to the task in hand and be happy. In the words of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi My view is that examination is a celebration. Take it as if it is a festival, and when there is a festival or celebration, then the best comes out of us. We feel the society’s strength during celebrations. Whatever is the best comes out… Smile more to score more.”