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Learn how to manage EXAM STRESS?

You may get some stress from the upcoming exam which may be uncontrollable for you. Stress is a natural and normal process that is our reaction to pressure and is necessary to keep us centred and trained, but if it becomes too much, it will make it difficult to learn. If you’re facing exam stress, it’s important to note that this is only a little part of your life, even though it does not feel like it at the moment.

How does the Exam stress sound like?

Symptoms of stress of exam can include:

  • Feeling moody, poor or overpowered
  • Losing the interaction with your friends and the things you love
  • Losing your appetite or feeding
  • Sleeping terribly and trying to get out of bed
  • Difficulty to be inspired to do something
  • Tight joints or headaches
  • Clammy hands or the sensation of butterflies in your stomach
  • Racing heart beats or getting ill
  • You get your mind going flat during the exams.
  • Why do we have a stress exam?
  • You don’t feel prepared or have little time to read.
  • You’re concerned about how good you’re going to fare
  • It’s hard to grasp what you’re learning.
  • You need a clear test score to get through another course or career path.
  • Pressure from the family to make decent marks
  • Experience tension in another aspect of your life.
  • Feel like you need to contend with others

What the fuck should you do?

Here are a few tips and ways to better handle the stress exam and avoid the possibility of burnout.

1.Organize and plan to study

  • Get a safe and peaceful place to work, with any supplies you might need within reach.
  • Create a simple plan on what you intend to do with your test. Split it down to small tasks and focus on one task at a time, so it doesn’t feel too daunting.
  • Find out just what the test involves; look at previous exam papers and test patterns.
  • Ask your instructor if you don’t know what to expect or what will be tested.
  • Build a mind map, a diagram to help you arrange knowledge. Use it to gather ideas and summarise impressions, and use vibrant colours to help you recall important connections.
  • Contact your mate or your parents for support. Often it can be helpful to have others hear you summarising points or to make an oral presentation.
  • Taking daily breaks and plan some enjoyable events.
  • Also the most rigorous research schedule will allow a little time for a rest. Spending some time away from books makes you feel refreshed and comfortable for the next time you sit down to rewrite your novel.
  • This could include 15 minute breaks through your revision, and longer things that you may look forward to once you’ve completed your exams.
  • Go out for dinner with your friends, watch a movie, something you want to do in your free time that will take your mind off the exams.

Go out for a stroll, or going to the gym. In addition to keeping you well, exercising improves your morale and allows you to be more concentrated when you’re re-examining.

Build a healthy routine;

  • Get a good night’s sleep right now.
  • Feed a healthy diet. When you eat, rest and let yourself have time instead of getting ahead with your job.
  • Reward yourself as you accomplish your research targets, such as watching an episode of your favourite TV show or going for a run.

Stuff to be avoided

  • Stop fast food – it gives you a sudden blast of vitality that can vanish, leaving you feeling stressed out.
  • Stop caffeine, energy drinks, and other stimulants that can make you feel anxious. It could find it more difficult to get some much-needed sleep, too. Drink water instead of water
  • Don’t set ridiculous deadlines for yourself. No one will revise 10 subjects a day! Stop setting the day to be a failure.
  • Stop other people who are stressing out. You know the ones that I mean. Those with cue cards outside the Exam Hall, desperately attempting to recall important dates and equations. They’re not going to do much about your stress levels.
  • Stop the “post-mortem” test. You don’t need to hear how most people and colleagues did in the exam. You’ve done your best because you can’t go back to adjust the responses so that the second time you walk out of the exam space, concentrate on the next exam or relax.

Tips for the day of the test

  • Prepare everything you need to take with you the night before the exam to get all ready—water, calculators, pens, card holders, etc.
  • Eat a light breakfast – it helps with your focus and energy.
  • When you’re going to a new place, make sure you know how you expect to get there; please leave extra time for delays in public transit and traffic.
  • When you sit down for your test, take the opportunity to calm and slow down your breathing.
  • Calculate how long you have with each question or segment and stick to it. If you have time at the end, you will go back and complete the unanswered questions.
  • Work on the questions you’ll find the best first.

Naeem Ur Rehman

Pakistan's youngest blogger and the CEO of Raabta.net. He is currently the student of BS Environmental Sciences at University of the Punjab, Lahore. He is also working as a senior advisor to Aagahi.pk, Mukaalma, and Pylon TV.

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