We hear a lot about what to do before exams, how to study for the GMAT, what to do, what not to do! What no one talks about is the pressure on the exam day itself. This article talks about exam stress and how to handle it.
While implementing studying techniques leading up-to the exam day might be easy, dealing with exam stress is no easy nut to crack! many a times, this may become the deciding factor between success and failure. If you’ve ever had the contrasting experience of entering the hall on exam day with confidence, and also another with nervousness spewing out, you will know what I mean.
Yes, what mental state you are in on the exam day makes just as much difference as how much prep you’ve done leading up-to the exam day. But preparing yourself for a confident you on the exam day is not that difficult a task! Here are a few home remedies that will help you deal with all the exam stress, at the same time telling you what not to do to make your special abilities work on the day!
What to do on exam day and beat exam stress?
Eat a well-balanced and nutritional diet. Always, on your exam day, have a good breakfast. Do not got the exam hall with an empty stomach. If you’re a skimpy eater, take a glass of cold milk or hot milk before going to the exam. Avoid having oily food; don’t eat a very heavy meal because a lot of energy is devoted to the process of digestion when you eat a heavy meal.
Keep water with you during the exam. Studies show that when your body has adequate water, your brain tends to function much better than when you are not well-hydrated. So, keep water with you at all times, but do not drink so much that you have to rush to the washroom!
Take a good night’s sleep before exam day. Sleeping for a minimum of 6 hours is essential to beat exam stress on exam day. A well-rested brain functions 50% more efficiently than one that has not had adequate rest . So the night before your big exam, sleep well!
Review what you want to retain. Studies reveal that what you review 45 minutes before falling asleep is what your mind assimilates and mulls most during the night. So whatever you want to retain most for the exam, just flip through it before falling asleep.
Handle the anxiety. Practice breathing exercises to handle anxiety and exam stress. There are several breathing techniques you can use to handle the pressure of a big exam! Breathe slowly in and out; this will help the oxygen to reach your brain faster, which will stimulate the brain’s activity.
Positive visualization. See yourself and any upcoming exam in a positive perspective. Think about how well you can possibly do on this exam, and be positive about the results! Do not mix much with nervous students on exam day; try to be as relaxed as possible, and keep calm. Learn to see yourself in a positive light.
What not to do on exam day?
Do not indulge in alcohol the night before the exam! Alcohols tend to slow down the brain’s activity, making you lazy and phased out the next morning. It tends to make your memory fuzzy during the exam.
Don’t be over-confident or under-confident. Keep your faith and hope of doing well in the exams. Even if you genuinely feel you have not done justice to the preparation, keep faith that you will be able to deal with it on the exam day as you have worked hard! Hope has the power to get you through even the most difficult of times.
Don’t compare your preparation with others. Do not compare your preparation with that of your friends on exam day. This can majorly bring down your confidence level, causing you to perform badly. Be content and confident about what you have done.
Leave your emotions behind once the exam is over! Do yourself and upcoming exams a favor by not carrying emotions from one exam to another. Do not get carried away by the way past exams turned out and think only about the current exam on hand!
Have a good time preparing and taking charge of that exam day the way you want it, and do not let the exam day overwhelm you!