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Stay Calm; Ace Your Exams!


Do you freak out the night before your final exams? Do you panic before you read a question? Do you make silly mistakes or read incorrectly because you are anxious? Or does your mind go completely blank right in the middle of your test, screwing up your chance to ace your exams? Well, don’t worry. You are not alone.

For starters, it is quite a natural phenomenon, and it happens to millions of people every day; whether they are professionals attending an interview, politicians delivering a public speech, musicians and sportsmen playing in front of a sell-out crowd, or teenagers confessing their first love.

I understand that exams are built up for weeks and they make everyone worry about how they’re going to do. Luckily, there are several effective methods that can help get you stay calm and ace your exams.

Why Staying Calm Works?

It is scientifically proven that when we are nervous or excited, our ability to think rationally gets hampered. We behave in a more instinctual manner, as nervousness is always equated to a threat by the human brain, and we slip into preservation mode. The fight or flight response may have kept us alive for centuries, but it certainly won’t help much in an exam hall. So, what can you do? Learn to relax, of course.

When you are calm, instead of making instinctual and gut-based decisions, you take the time to be analytical and process all the information that you have before making a decision. The kind of problems that are presented in an examination paper are designed to test your recall ability, your familiarity with the course, your ability to think critically, and your logical capabilities. All of these require that you be in the right mental state. Hence, the right state of mind is extremely important to ace your exams.

Practical Tips to Overcome Anxiety & Stay Calm

Repeat After Me: IT’S GOING TO BE OKAY

Treat yourself in a positive way – cheer yourself on, and use positive language. Tell yourself that you are going to give this your best shot. If you’ve been practicing relaxation techniques before the exam, you might find them helpful now. If mates are getting really stressed about their exams or want to talk about it lots, consider if you might find it maybe easier to stay calm and focused and not stress yourself with negativity. You can always find your own space until exams start, then talk to your friends afterward.

Learn to Unwind

Did you know that studying too much can actually have negative consequences, making you second guess yourself or even wear yourself out? Don’t forget that relaxation is the cornerstone of a healthy mind. Meet some friends and blow off some steam. Whatever you decide, just make sure you’re having some fun. All work and no play make Jack a dull boy.

Read also: How Recreation During Exam Preparations Helps Build Mental Endurance

Burpees Time, Folks!

If you actually get your butt moving, your worries can literally melt away. Exercise is incredibly beneficial when it comes to reducing stress and maintaining mental fitness. It’s not rocket science. Go for a run or play badminton or football. Also, a lot of students report that meditation really helps improve concentration during the test. So, practice a few minutes of meditation every morning. Picture yourself taking your exam, and picture a really high score on the test. Visualize yourself succeeding. It’s not pseudoscience. It really works.

Get Your Zzz’s

Don’t cram into the early hours of the morning. A good night’s sleep will leave you with a sharper mind. We’ve heard this relaxation tip works well: Lie down and tense, then relax, the muscles of your body starting with your feet and slowly working up to your head. By the time you finish, you’ll feel calm and ready for a restful night of sleep.

Don’t Compare

Remember that you are in this battle alone. And that everyone fights a different battle. Never compare your scores with your friends or peers who are taking the test with you. Peer pressure is one of the major reasons why thousands of students drop out of schools and colleges every year. It leads to increased levels of anxiety, so it is in your best interest to avoid it.

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Stop Being a Perfectionist

Even with preparation, relaxation, and exercise the horrible feeling in the pit of your stomach may not go away. So, how do you make something less scary? Well, you shouldn’t expect to be able to work out each and every question on the test. Sometimes, it is not possible to solve difficult problems on a test when you don’t have much time on hand. And that’s completely fine. Don’t overstress yourself on the fact you couldn’t solve that one hard problem. Accept your preparation level and give your best.

Moreover, even though this test feels like the biggest deal in the world, it’s just one small thing that you’ll ever do in your life. It isn’t the first challenge, and it won’t be the last. So, don’t let the exam get the better of you, or convince you that it’s scarier than it really is.

Did you find these tips useful? Do you have anything else that we can add here? Tell us, and we’ll be happy to hear.

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