Exams are around the corner, and everyone’s frantic about what questions will be asked and how to get through the exam without being scarred mentally! Parents, teachers, and not to mention students, are very stressed during exam time. Here, we ask you to calm down. Breathe easy. For, exams really are supposed to be the easiest part of school!
Think about it for a minute. Exams are the time of the year when there are no lectures, when there is no homework and when parents shower their children with a lot of love and empathy. But, of course, when you are unprepared, it’s a nightmare. So, the solution to exam stress is straight-forward, isn’t it? Prepare beforehand and you will sail through exams with flying colours. But is that all? Isn’t there a difference in the preparation strategy between the topper in class and an ‘average student’? The topper is most likely to be found quite calm and composed during exams while the average students found biting their nails and hoping for the best outcome from the ordeal.
In this post we give you a bunch of very easy, tried and tested tips that have been used by toppers for years. Read on, to know our simple tricks to surf through exams!
Prepare in advance to be at your best state of mind before the exam
This is the secret: toppers study every day. Some may not claim to, but everyone does. Having a timetable generally helps with this. Also, toppers re-read and revise regularly. Retention of what is studied happens best with numerous revisions.
Dig deep into subjects that interest you
Toppers might not be studying from the same textbooks, but might definitely be researching the topics taught in school. They dig deep and do some personal research of their own, using the internet, encyclopedias, and other sources. NCERT, for instance, provides books for “further reading” at the back of every chapter. That’s because those references will enhance your learning process. Doing such extensive research with a piqued curiosity helps in retaining the subject in your mind, probably forever.
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy
It’s important to take a break from studies every once in a while. You could do activities like exercising, painting, playing, reading story books, and many more. This would help you rejuvenate yourself and be refreshed for a greater dose of study.
Make notes of everything, literally
Never assume that what the teacher says in class will be obvious to you at home. It won’t. Hence, always take note of everything the teacher says. Also, when reading thick volumes, mark and note down the important points, and make it a point to revisit them often. Note-making is an art, in fact. You could leave a margin in the book that you’re making notes in, so that you can add questions and comments against the notes when you revise. With every revisit of the notes, your notes will become richer and richer. This way, by the end of the year, your notes will be a better guide for you than your textbook!
Don’t worry about the result
Lastly, don’t worry about the result if your preparation has been satisfactory. Education’s purpose is to help you learn, not to help you compete with a classroom full of people. Exams are a way to judge your preparation level. Not everyone can shine in an examination which is, essentially a one-size-fits-all deal. So, don’t be bogged down by results. Always move forward, and learn all you can!
To sum it up, making exams stress free is child’s play! The solution is simple: The “Triple R” Strategy: Read, Revise and Relax!