Exam Fear Gone! 20 Tips to Reduce Exam Anxiety

In India, examinations create a different environment not only among the students but also for their parents and teachers. Everyone goes under deep stress due to immense comparison and competition. Besides, the pressure from peers and the schools makes the situation worse. Exam fear and exam anxiety are the two most common things that every student faces, especially those who are appearing for their board examinations.

Most often, we find that the students face stress, fear, and anxiety due to the expectations of their parents and teachers, which negatively affects the students. In most of these cases, students in spite of studying very hard, fail to perform well. Students often seek advice from counselors to overcome exam fear and reduce anxiety.

In this article, we will provide 20 effective tips, which if followed would give fruitful results.

1. Start Revising Early

Never keep your revision for the last minute. Students who revise their portions early find it easy to write the papers without having any stress for the exam. Start your revisions a couple of days prior to the night before the exam. Keep the night before the exam for relaxation.

2. Make A Timetable

As a student, you need to be well aware of the subjects that you need to work on more. You must need to know about the content of the subjects and the time required to finish revising them. Prepare a timetable keeping in mind these aspects. Ensure that the timetable is realistic and you abide by it.

3. Chalk Out A Plan

During studies, you must have come across certain chapters or subjects, which are difficult for you and those that are easy for you. Make a rough sketch of the units and the chapters you need to devote extra time to. Now align them in sequence according to the priority against the days and the timetable you prepared.

4. Mix Subjects

While making your timetable or chalking your plan, set one subject for the morning and another one in the evening. If you study the same subject the whole day, you will feel bored or make your mind dull. Mix at least a couple of subjects for the day, and start revising.

5. Set Daily Target

Without an aim, you cannot achieve anything in life. Setting a target for the day is also crucial. As you prepare to revise your subjects, note down the chapters and the topics that require more revision. Break down these chapters and topics against the days.

6. Allocate Time for Breaks

While you are making your timetable, remember to allocate time for study breaks. Make time for your bath, washing clothes, and cleaning the room. Include your time for dinner, lunch, and breakfast as well. Try listening to music at an interval of three to four hours, which will generate energy for your study.

7. Sleep Soundly

Often students study without taking breaks and sleeping. Give a short nap in the afternoon, which will help in resting your eyes and brain. Sleep at least six to seven hours of sound sleep in the night.

8. Make Notes

Take a short note while you sit with a pen and notebook and take down short notes. Make notes for each of the subjects separately. This will help you while revising the chapters in the future before the exam.

9. Clear Your Doubts

While studying, you might come across some doubts in different chapters or units of the subjects. Do not hesitate to ask for help from your parents and teachers in clearing the doubts. Ask for help even if you are feeling stressed out or fail to make a schedule until the exams.

10. Practice Previous Year’s Questions

Do not forget to solve the questions from the previous years’ questions. This will help you in covering all the topics you studied and revised. Besides, it helps you in understanding how you stand and analyze your preparations.

11. Never Compare with Friends

Often you tend to call your friends and chat about each other’s preparation. Though being harmless to some extent, this might lead to stress and anxiety amongst you and your friends. For avoiding stress and anxiety to occupy your mind, keep your focus on your preparation only.

12. Meditation and Exercises

In spite of all the work, you cannot overcome the fear and anxiety of exams. Preparing meditation in the morning will help you in keeping your focus on your studies. Moreover, whenever you study, throughout the day, it creates more anxiety in completing the portions. Fix time in your timetable for your playtime and exercise.

13. Go for Group Study

Organizing group studies is the best way to stay connected with your friends. This will help in analyzing what is important and what you are overlooking. Besides, it will also help you in staying focused on your studies.

14. Headings and Subheadings

While you make the notes separate the topics with different headings and subheadings. It helps the students to remember the main points under each section.

15. Use Highlighters

While you make the notes separate the topics with different headings and subheadings. It helps the students to remember the main points under each section.

16. Write Legibly

Write the notes in legible handwriting so that it becomes easier for you to revise your lessons a couple of days before exams.

17. Decide Your Time of Study

If you can concentrate better in the morning than at night, try to allocate harder subjects during the day. However, if you love studying after the evening, allocate the easier subjects in the morning and the hard ones at night.

18. Eat A Balanced Meal

Eating a balanced meal helps in maintaining your body and keeps you away from diseases. Also, drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.

19. Stretching

While you study, you need to sit in the same position for long hours. Get up every after two to three hours and stretch your muscles, which will refresh you.

20. Think Positive and Stay Positive

Throughout the time you prepare for your exam, it is important to keep a positive mindset. Positive thinking helps in eliminating stress, removing exam fear and anxiety from your mind keeping you focused during exams. These tips will not eliminate the stress and exam fear completely from your mind. Small bits of stress make your mind work faster and sharper, thereby helping you to do your study more effectively.

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