Posts published on August 3, 2015

7 Practical Ways To Cope Up With Exam Stress

By Julia Petrova

Almost every person in the world is a patient of exam anxiety except the ones that simply do not care of course. Students undergo this phase during exam season and some even before that. It is important to manage this stress beforehand because this leads to mistakes and this is the reason behind you being unable to recall half of the material you have actually prepared. So, how can you get rid of the unnecessary exam stress? Take a look at the following ways that can help you out in such a time:

  1. 1.      Prepare Early

Do not assume that you will be able to understand and learn everything at the last minute. You simply cannot stuff everything in your brain in a few hours and in case you are unable to understand anything, you won’t be able to ask anyone at the eleventh hour. Also, staying up all night before an exam leads to exhaustion and all you are left with is a tired and unfocused mind.


  1. 2.      Time Management

Learn to manage your time. It’s the era of smart phones, so use that phone of yours to create a detailed schedule about how much time you will need to prepare every subject and what to do in case you cross the time limit. Randomly studying subjects can result in you being unable to provide sufficient time for the subject that needs your attention the most.


  1. 3.      Gather All Course Related Material

Make sure you have every lecture, book, set of notes, and reference material with you before you start studying. If required, borrow lectures from a reliable person or you can take help of the professionals at Students often miss out on a point or don’t write a certain point clear enough, so it’s always better to have extra material for reference and for understanding.


  1. 4.      Study From The Start Of The Semester

While this might seem problematic, pick 2 days per week in which you can revise everything that has been taught previously. Lectures of a specific subject are often correlated, so it’s better to rectify problems when they occur because otherwise they keep piling up. If you are confused at the beginning, make sure to solve it before moving on to the next topic.


  1. 5.      Ask For Help

Do not hesitate in asking for help. If your supervisors or professors are busy and you don’t want to bother them, ask a colleague or a friend to help you out and explain the material. The better option would always be to consult your teacher as he or she would be the expert in the subject and would know how to handle the problem skilfully.


  1. 6.      Take A Break

Over burdening yourself during study sessions is not going to be fruitful. You need to take a break every now and then to refresh your mind. Cluttering your mind with formulas, information, theories without giving it time to digest would result in the data getting mixed up. If you don’t want to take a break, and then simply keep the learning aside and write down to revise whatever you have covered so far.


  1. 7.      Avoid Distractions

Keep all your distractions aside when you’re trying to study. It’s really easy for your mind to wander in all directions when you’re trying to concentrate. If your phone or laptop is constantly bothering you, then keep them aside or lock them up. If you’re studying something over the internet, then block any additional sites that would divert your attention from work.

Remember to take deep breaths whenever you feel like the stress is getting worse. You have given exams before and you can do it again. Keep in mind that when you work hard, you get its reward in due time.

Jillian Petrova is an academician at day and a blogger at night. She has a never-ending love for fantasy novels lik