• EXAM STRESS

    ”IT’S NOT STRESS THAT KILL US,IT’S OUR REACTION ON IT”

    INTRODUCTION

    Stress is a feeling of emotional or physical tension . It can come form any event or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry or nervous . Stress is your body’s reaction to a challenge or demand. It basically the feeling of being overwhelmed or unable to cope with mental or emotional pressure

    WHAT IS EXAM STRESS

    Exam stress is the feeling of tension and worry that comes from test-taking situations. It is a normal to feel some stress about upcoming test,exams,papers or presentation . Exam stress becomes problematic when it interferes with your ability to perform and achieve your academic and learning goals. Most people experience stress when they have upcoming exams or assignments .Sometimes the pressure of exams may cause you stress . Stress is your response to pressure and, while a small amount of pressure can be useful to keep you focused in exam time if it becomes too much, study can seem impossible.

    SYMTOPS OF EXAM STRESS

    Physical signs: Having a fast hearth beat, headache,difficulty sleeping, losing your appetite or overeating etc.
    Behavioural Signs : Nail biting, losing touch with friends, lacking intreset in activities you enjoy, fidgeting etc.
    Mental and emotional signs: difficulty concentrating, racing in thoughts, difficulty getting motivated to start studying feeling confused , or getting blank during test.

    WHY DO WE EXPERIENCE EXAM STRESS

    Exam stress is normal and very common. You might experience it because-

    You are worried about how well you will do in the
    exam.

    You feel unprepared or haven’t had time to study.

    Negative thinking and self-criticism , like – I’m not
    good enough , I can’t do this etc.

    You feel pressure from your family to succeed.

    You find it hard to understand what you’re studying.

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    Following are few ways how we can combat exam
    stress by adapting some habits in our study routine –

    Have a clean, quiet space to work, with ready access to any
    materials you need

    Ask your teacher if you’re unsure of what to expect or what
    will be tested

    Take regular short breaks of about 5 minutes to have a
    drink or something to eat.

    Ask a friend or your parents for help. Sometimes it may be
    useful to have someone hear you summarise points or to
    practise an oral presentation

    Following are few Practical ideas to help with study

    Go to bed at a reasonable time, eat regularly and make
    time to have fun and exercise .
    ● When you eat, relax and allow yourself time rather than
    carrying on with work
    ● Reward yourself when you achieve your study goals, such
    as watching an episode of your favourite TV show or
    buying yourself a chocolate
    ● Allow yourself time to rest.
    ● Stay focused on your study; try not to get distracted

    Following are few things that would help you on exam day

    ● Work out what you need to take with you into your exam the
    night before and have everything ready–water, calculators,
    pens, pencils, comfortable clothing etc.
    ● Eat a light breakfast–this will help with your energy and
    concentration.
    ● If you’re getting anxious just before your exam, focus on your
    breathing.
    ● When you first sit down to do your exam, take time to slow
    your breathing and relax.
    ● Allow time before the end of the exam to re-read answers
    and make any necessary changes.

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