A good educational experience plays a pivotal role in a modern human being’s life. A certain level of pressure is always associated with examinations, in many cases this becomes a source of inspiration for people but we must keep in mind that this pressure can also lead to stress in students. As exam season is on the horizon, it is normal to feel a little jittery or frazzled. However, one must realise that staying in a state of stress and not making effort to resolve it will only make situations worse. To gain traction against this issue, one must work on indulging in some practises and daily habits that will aid us in staying calm, focussed and grounded. That’s the right state of mind to ace the May 2022 IGCSE final exams. Listed under are some methods you can take up.

Don’t take a full night’s sleep lightly. 

It is okay to have a messed up sleep schedule when you are a teenager, but what we are unaware of is that it is causing problems in our daily life. An eight hour sleep is something you should not compromise on. The human body has a natural clock system in place called the Circadian Rhythm. This is a phenomenon where we are naturally intune with the rising and setting of the sun and our energy levels stay accordingly. One common issue that arises is that many youngsters are unable to fall asleep at night, even when they are exhausted. Stress and your mobile phones are the culprit here. If you are in the habit of using your phone at night in your bed, stop it. Screens emit blue light which confuses our brain into thinking that it is morning time and we feel energised, unable to fall asleep. Cut out screen time at least two hours before going to bed. Instead, read a book or do a calming activity like some stretches to get the perfect sleep.

Taking breaks is good!

Sometimes we are so concerned about the upcoming exam that we go into an over working mode and sit to study for hours. However, due to mental exhaustion our brain doesn’t process any information that we consumed and we end up forgetting it. To break this loop, remember to take mini breaks while studying for long hours. You can explore a method called the Pomodoro technique in which you study a concept for 25 minutes and then take a 5 minute break and repeat this process till you are done with the subject. The mini breaks are an efficient way to help you de-stress. But avoid using social media in your Pomodoro break time. Try to do other calming activities such as taking a short walk around your room, listening to some music, getting up to fetch some water or lemonade and other such things.

“The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.”

Sydney J Harris

Nutrition affects everything. 

The saying, “You are what you eat” is indeed true. When we are bloated with junk food, our brain functions slowly and we may even feel sleepy, this leads to a downward spiral of not being able to study and stressing about it later.  When our diets are filled with junk food which includes only carbs and sugar, we are inviting doom. Instead focus on a balanced meal which involves fruits, dry fruits, vegetables and pulses. Such foods give us stable levels of energy throughout the day which is essential for a successful study session. Apart from that avoid sugary and caffeine loaded drinks at all costs. 

Join or make a peer study group.

In moments of stress it can be difficult to realise the fact that we are not alone. Many of our classmates might be going through the same levels of stress that is exerted by examinations. A great way to overcome this is to communicate freely with our peers and this will help us release some of the pressure. You can arrange group study sessions and give each other company while studying. However, all distractions should be avoided in group study sessions and a predetermined task must be completed by the end of it. Parent supervision is also necessary to keep you grounded in studies and from being distracted. 

Ask questions and clear your doubts. 

Some topics and subject matter can be complicated and confusing. But with correct guidance and support it can be easily understood. Continued lack of clarity in a subject leads to brain fog and stress. This should be resolved by trying to get a clearer idea of the topic we are focussing on. Don’t back away from seeking academic help where you feel the need to. Joining the Young Scholarz exam prep class which is exclusively curated to help you through the exams and get good results is a good way to obtain guidance. 

Furthermore, the most vital thing to do is to believe in yourself. When being constantly faced with new challenges, we often forget to look back at how far we have come and how much we have already achieved. Given that you have prepared well, there should be no reason for you to worry. Therefore, when experiencing a negative thought, try to replace it with a positive one. For example, instead of thinking ‘If I don’t get at least 95 marks, I am a failure’, think ‘Whatever I get, I will be proud of myself and value how much I have already achieved’. You can do this!

“It’s not stress that kills us, it’s our reaction to it.”

Hans Selye

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