Kolkata: Exam pressure which creates exam fear among students is the biggest problem for student life. Good preparation for examinations involves a number of things, Dr. Sanjay Garg, Senior Consultant Psychiatrist Fortis Hospitals, Anandapur, Kolkata guides you through the below mentioned process:
First things first- planning:
The first thing to do once the dates for exams have been declared is to plan. In order to plan effectively, you need to carefully take stock of your preparedness for each subject. This will include a close review of the syllabus to ensure that you allot adequate time for each and every topic depending on your proficiency in them. Be realistic when allotting time; don’t set overambitious goals for yourself such as finishing an entire chapter in half an hour. Also, don’t ignore topics or subjects you don’t like or aren’t very good at. In fact, now is the time to devote greater attention to them.
Revision is as important as studying:
While planning, remember to include time for revision too. One good technique for planning your revision time is to revise your work on the 2nd, 7th, 15th and 30th day of having learnt it. It has been found that this technique helps in retention.
Take care of yourself:
Once the planning part is over, it is important that you stick to your plan. But in order to do so, you will need to take care of other peripherals including your health, ensuring that you get adequate nutrition, and having a well-rested mind.
Don’t ignore your hobbies and recreations completely, just because board exams are near. After all, the mind needs a break too. If you are sticking to your plan and devoting as much time to studies as you need to, it is important that you spend the rest of the time engaging in activities you like. Not only will that rejuvenate you, it will keep the exam stress at bay.
Board exams are not only about the studying. Being ready for exams also includes other skills such as presence of mind, effective time management, and staying calm under pressure. Self-evaluation is a very crucial part of preparing for board exams. Take mock tests and solve sample question papers while timing yourself. Your performance on these
self-exams will help you gauge the adequacy of your preparation. If you feel that you are not doing as well as expected, you can analyze your areas of weakness and figure out how to overcome them. Your teachers, or friends can help you out with that too if you have difficulty doing it yourself.
Don’t compare with others/ Stay calm and focussed: Try to be calm and perseverant. Instead of comparing your preparation with that of others, keep yourself focussed on your own plan. Every person and their methods are different. Comparing will only add to anxiety.
Remember, trying to do our best is the thing in our hands.