The word “Examination” is enough to scare even the bravest of us, and make our knees quake with fear. This word brings with it a set of expectations which are not just ours, but from our parents, the school and the society. And, we all know that unfulfilled expectations lead to disappointment and much more. So, it is quite common and natural to feel those butterflies in the stomach.
So, what can we do about getting a handle on our feelings so we can perform well in our exams?
First things first…It is important for us to understand that examinations are just a potential check of our own capabilities, and not a comparison of our potential with other students. So, there is always scope for improvement and learning, as the learning process never ends in our lifetime. Once we have our thinking sorted and nerves calmed, we can concentrate on the next most important thing required to ace exams: Practice.
We at Sri Sarvajna Public School, Vijaynagar, have done extensive research on the best methods that can be followed by students to study effectively. Being one of the best CBSE schools, our pedagogy and preparation for an examination have always been unique. Our best practices come from research studies that have proved the effectiveness of these methods, and have consistently helped us deliver good results.
Here is what we do at Sri Sarvajna, and we are happy to share some of these with you.
• Make a timetable for all the subjects as the number of hours you put into studying impacts the results directly. Distribute your learning instead of cramming it.
• Do not study at a stretch. Study for 25 mins, take a break for 5-10 mins to do some unrelated activity and then continue studying. So it is study for 25 mins, break, study for 25 mins, break and so on….(The Zeigarnik Effect)
• Study when you are most comfortable. Morning or night is your choice.
• Try and explain the answers to someone younger or one of your friends. This helps you retain the concept well (The Protégé Effect)
• Get at least 8-9 hours of sleep.
• Eat a well-balanced diet, preferably foods that release sugar slowly. Have breakfast and then come to the examination hall. Avoid sugary foods. Though they give you instant energy, they will make you feel dull in the next hour when the sugar drops.
• Drink a lot of water, as staying hydrated helps you remain calm and perform well.