Exam nervousness and fear is common among students. Students even if all ready for taking their exams still have butterflies before the test day. Exam fear or exam anxiety may have negative effects on many students. But to a certain extent, having an exam fear is quite beneficial as it helps you to stay prepared and focused throughout preparation.
What students should avoid is too much anxiety. Too much of anxiety can be problematic and interfere during exam which results into negative outcome. Students preparing for annual academic exam or entrance exam, experience a certain different level of anxiety. For a student who prepares for school or college exam has a fear of not being promoting to next academic year. Similarly, for an engineering aspirant or management aspirant preparing for JEE-Mains or CAT has a fear whether the score will be enough to get into the next level selection process. This perhaps is the main reason why the birth of exam fear takes place.
It is quite natural to develop exam stress. Even if you are well-prepared, there is a sense of fear and confusion. It doesn’t stop hear. It has been highly witnessed that this exam anxiety also invites suicidal attempts among children. The competition among students to score high and pressure from peers, invites extreme pressures among students. In fact, academic examinations and competitive exams are considered as the stressful events in student’s life. In India, most of the adolescent suicide cases are due to exam stress and this is increasing year by year.
It is extremely important for both parents and students to stay calm before and during the exam. Whether you are planning for higher studies in overseas to which appearing for TOEFL is important or preparing for any competitive exam, better planning and keeping a calm mind is important. Doing preparation for exam by following certain tips will certainly help in gaining confidence of performing well in the exam.
Sharing some of the tips to stay calm before exam and coming out with flying colors.
- Keep a Calm mind and Inculcate Positive Thoughts
No doubt, exam can be a threat to your self- esteem. What if I don’t perform well in exam? Will my name be listed for the process of selection? What my parents would feel if I don’t make to the selection? Such questions keep cropping up while preparing for the exam, and results in lack of concentration. To overcome this problem, keeping your mind calm and having positive thoughts will certainly help in gaining confidence.
- Keep Positive People Around
It is always said that having positive people around helps you to stay positive and fearless. People generally put pressure regarding the competitive exam and comparing with top scorers in the exam. This certainly creates negative vibes around. So the better way is to stay away from such people and be positive with your preparation.
- Don’t keep on Discussing about Exam
It is witnessed by many students that the some students always like to keep on their conversation about exam preparation, how it will affect their career etc. This creates a tense environment among the average students. So the best way to stay calm is to avoid getting into such conversation. Instead talk about sports, movies and other stuffs that can keep your mind distracted at least for few moments.
- Seek Clarification:
Don’t let anxiety build upon you and stay confused throughout your study preparation. This will result into bad performance in the exams. If you are preparing for a competitive exam and have joined any tutorial classes, seek clarification from teacher regarding subject or topics you are not confident about. List down your doubts of subject you find in and check with your professor to clear them out.
- Don’t lose distractions lose your study focus
This is the most important tip that you must consider while preparing for the exam. Focus on your study preparation, but not on what are others doing. Learn tips and tricks to better your preparation, but remember, we all have our strengths and weakness. Use your strengths in your study preparation and don’t’ bother what and how others are going about it. Just don’t waste your valuable time on doubting and worrying about the exam.
- Stop Panicking
It is quite natural that when exam nears, we start panicking to know the result. The better way is to stop thinking about it and concentrate on your preparation. Think positively and approach the exam with confident way.
- Don’t pause on your Daily Routine:
It is important to prepare extensively before the exam and concentrate on how you study. But this doesn’t mean that you stop doing what you love to do. Keep taking break; go for a movie or hangout with friends, to refresh your mind.
- Don’t be Superstitious:
It is quite weird to add this tip on the list, there are many among students who are quite superstitious. Students believe in silly superstitions. And even parents keep pressurizing their children to indulge into various superstitious acts which certainly create more pressure on them. Both students and parents need to understand that it’s all about hard work and good study preparation which will help in getting positive result in exams.
These are simple yet helpful tips that every student should practice. Whether it academic exams or life exams, a calm mind, focus on goals and enjoying moments are always holds true.