Board Exams – the word itself creates a lot of stress in the minds of the students appearing for it as well as for their parents.
Board exams are a big deal for the students and have always been the pressure to perform well in these exams make them anxious.
Here are a few tips on managing stress while studying or doing revision for exams. These tips will not only be helpful for board exams but following these tips, in the long run, will also help you study better for your competitive or university exams.
Parental support during the board exam plays a vital role in the success of a child. We have also discussed some parental tips at the end of the post, make sure you share this blog with your parents.
Find what works for you
Every person is different from the other. Some are early birds, while others are night owls and feel more comfortable studying at night. Find what time suits you best.
Take a break
It is significant to relax and take regular breaks from studies to make your mind and body perform at their best. Try to make most of your breaks by indulging in some outdoor activity or do something that will freshen up your brain, like enjoying nutritious snacks or listening to some instrumental music or maybe a little chat with your family members or friends.
Don’t think about the exam or studies while on break. Avoid indulging in social media in these breaks or you will end up frittering away your time and extend your break. Limit the use of WhatsApp to avoid distractions.
Meditation and exercise
The best way to increase concentration is to practice meditation and do exercise. Practice meditation first thing in the morning, and also end your day with it. Do some yoga asanas and pranayama preferably in the morning. Yoga will increases your emotional quotient (EQ) which is necessary for achieving success.
Seven to eight hours of consistent and sound sleep is required to keep your body and mind function properly. Reduced amount of sleep will lead to poor concentration and mood swings. You may practise meditation, review your day and schedule your following day in this one hour.
Make a plan and stick to it
Keeping all the previous points in mind plan your day and chalk it down. Plan your sleep and study schedule with the inclusion of subjects to study and study breaks. At the end of your day review your schedule, if you were unable to adhere to your plan, find out the reason and plan accordingly.
Stick to a Balanced Diet
Be careful about what you eat and drink lots of water. Eating healthy and staying hydrated is vital as it will keep you energetic and light throughout the day.
Keep your study table uncluttered and free from all distractions. It should have a bright light to avoid strain on the eye and enough space for your books and notes. Avoid doing any other activity on your study table except for studying, this helps your mind getting ready for studies whenever you are at your study table.
Some revision tips
- No new study material: Don’t pick any new books for your upcoming exams at this stage.
- Focus on your weak points.
- Mind maps: Make mind maps to revise your subject quickly. Mind maps aid us to retain the topic better as our mind thinks in images.
(A mind map is a diagram that is used to organize information visually. The mind map is hierarchical and shows the relationship between parts of the whole. It is often based on a single concept, represented as an image in the center of a blank page, to which related representations of ideas such as pictures, words and parts of words are attached. Significant ideas are directly linked to the central concept, and other concepts are branched out of those significant ideas.)
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- Practice writing: Writing helps you retain better. There is a way to study each subject, following that you can increase your knowledge in a meaningful way for the longer term.
For history always make a timeline as you can learn what events occurred when in chronological order and it’s easier to remember. For geography always study with the atlas in hand. For mathematics practice as many questions as you can. For biology practice making diagrams and so on.
- Make small notes: To revise quickly during exams, you should make small notes. Revise your notes thoroughly and repeatedly.
- Practising previous years’ questions: Practising previous years’ questions makes you manage time during your exam efficiently. This will also give you an insight into the exam pattern and important topics and chapters.
- When in doubt, clear it out! If there are topics that are still unclear to you seek help from a friend, teacher or from your parent.
Avoid pressurising your child
Avoid setting unrealistic targets for your child; instead, encourage them to give their 100 percent. Assure your child that you will always support them irrespective of their board results.
Pay attention to nutrition, exercise, and sleep
Keep an eye on what your child is eating and how much do they relax. Ensure that your child gets regular and balanced meals. Additionally, you can encourage your child to take frequent naps if he or she prefers studying through the night.
‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’, parents should see to it that the student gets some fresh air and perform some exercise to boost their memory and brain function at least once a day.
Motivate your child with rewards
Set targets for their entire exam preparation journey and reward each accomplishment with mini rewards. This will motivate them to perform better. Rewards don’t have to be something expensive, it can be anything like giving them their favourite food item, allowing them to watch their favourite shows, etc. Avoid giving punishments, however, as they generate a way of negativity and fear in teens.
Create an environment to study
Ensure that your child is away from distractions and try to keep the environment of home stress-free, make sure there are no loud noises or frequent visitors in the close vicinity of where your child sits for studying, this will help them concentrate better.
Listen to them after exams
Ask your child about his or her exam and don’t point out their mistakes at this time as this will bring their morale down. If they performed well in their exam pat their back to motivate them.
Monitor and identify any warning signs
It is normal if your child feels anxious during exams even if he or she is well prepared. But if this increases to the extent that your child starts using negative statements like “I can’t do it”, “I am a failure”, “I won’t be able to do anything”, then it might be cause for alarm.
There are other signs in extreme cases, like loss of appetite, irregular sleeping pattern, irritated mood, anger issues, loss of patience, etc. that could indicate that the kid isn’t keeping well or is taking undue stress. Keep a check! If you observe any odd behaviour or change, it’s time for you to intervene. Talk to them about it or involve their sister/brother to assist.
Parents can also help their children by introducing them to the various government-launched helplines for students appearing for their boards. For instance, the Indian CBSE board has introduced the facility of IVR (Interactive Voice Response) on a toll-free number (1800 11 8004). On these toll-free numbers, students and parents can obtain pre-recorded information on tackling board exams which includes tips for better preparation, time and stress management.
As it is written in the Bhagavad Gita “Karmanye Vadhikaraste Ma Phaleshu Kadachana, Ma Karma Phala Hetur Bhurmatey Sangostva Akarmani” – meaning that you should concentrate on performing to the best of your capabilities while not be concerned about the results.
Competition is always a good thing, it forces us to do our best. Take it as an opportunity to increase your competence and not your stress.
Best of luck with your exams!