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How to Overcome Exam Anxiety?

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Exam period can be a stressful time for many students. The pressure of performing well and score good marks to secure a college seat can lead to anxiety which in turn can negatively impact the performance in exam. Here’s a guide to help you manage and reduce your stress during the exam period.

Understand Your Anxiety

First, it is crucial to understand that a certain level of anxiety is normal and could be beneficial to keep you motivated and alert. Anxiety causes problem when it becomes overwhelming. Identifying the cause of anxiety is the first step in managing your stress. Is it the fear of failure? Lack of preparation? Pressure of achieving high grades?

Strategies to Overcome Exam Anxiety

  • Effective Study Habits– Creating an effective study schedule from the beginning is the first step in overcoming exam anxiety. Break down your study materials into manageable sections and setting completion goals for each section. Engage with the study material by summarizing, questioning, and teaching concepts to others. Don’t forget to take short breaks in between to avoid burnouts.
  • Mindful Relaxation– Deep breathing and daily meditation can help you relax and manage your stress.
  • Maintaining Healthy Lifestyle– Eating a balanced diet is crucial for maintaining high energy levels and focus. Regular physical activity is also known to reduce stress and improve mood. Adequate sleep especially in the days leading up to the exam, is essential for cognitive function and overall well-being.
  • Positive Mindset and Self-Talk– Staying positive is crucial for not only managing stress but also to improve your overall performance in the exam. To maintain a positive mindset, set realistic goals and acknowledge your efforts. Use positive affirmations and self-talk to build confidence and challenge negative thoughts. Focus on your own progress and avoid comparing yourself to others, as everyone’s learning journey is unique. Believe in yourself and your capabilities.
  • Seek Support- If your anxiety is overwhelming, consider talking to your parents, siblings, friends or even teachers. They can help you find ways to tackle your problems and manage stress better.

To summarize, overcoming exam anxiety is a multifaceted process that involves a blend of thorough preparation, practical strategies, and a positive mindset.

Author: This blog has been written by Padmavati Gopalan.