Some people get an anxious feeling just from thinking about exams and actually being in an exam room makes things even worse for them. Since we unconsciously induce this state of mind ourselves, we are also the ones who can get rid of it. In this article, we are going to talk about a few simple methods that can put you at ease during an exam and help you focus on a better result.
- A good sleep is the key
I think we can all agree that a good night sleep can do wonders. It can make us look good and also perform better during our daily tasks. Getting enough sleep is important since it influences a lot the memory and ability to focus.
Most of the exams are scheduled early in the morning, so the only way to avoid that sleepy state would be to go early to bed the night before. Although the idea of staying up late and reading a few more pages is quite tempting, it can do more damage than good.
- The last minute studying trap
If studying until late the night before is a bad idea, looking through your books and notes just a few minuted ahead of the exam is worst. By doing this, it might actually create the false impression that you don’t know certain information, just because you are stressed and can’t focus. This will only lead to more panic and lack of self-control.
The best thing you can do is use those minutes to relax and take some deep breaths. Imagine yourself after the exam and try to be optimistic about the result.
- Focus on what you are doing
Let’s say you already are in the classroom, the exam sheet is in from of you and it’s time to do the best you can. Our advice would be to think only about your exam and tasks given and not worry about the result. Try to use what you learnt efficiently and let future thoughts regarding the future for their reserved time.
Also, once you receive you exam paper, look through it once from top to bottom to make a general idea about the tasks. Split the time wisely and be careful to finish all the points before you hear the bell ring.
- Know what to expect
It would be a good idea to know the structure of your exam and how many subjects there will be. This will diminish the mystery and help you feel more relaxed from knowing what you are going to face.
- Stuck? Move on.
If you happen to not know the answer to an exercise, then don’t panic and also, don’t lose too much time trying to figure it out. A good tactic would be to move on to the rest of the tasks and return to the problematic one at the end. Sometimes, thinking about an answer for too long might make it seem even more difficult to find. So let it come naturally.
Exams are not pleasant, but there are ways we can make them easier. There are numerous ways to increase your productivity, but the five tips above are a must for every student.