How to Deal with Post Board Exam Stress
We all know that exams are stressful. They require the knowledge built up over a semester and make students cram that all into a two- or three-hour sitting. And for some delicate students, they prove to be highly stressful, particularly for those who don’t like them very much.
“Are my notes good enough to sail me through this turbulent storm?”
“Do I have time to read the notes I bypassed in the term?”
“Do I really have time to undertake effective readings?”
… aren’t these the questions we often end up asking ourselves? The horror of insufficiency in preparing for your exam— as well as the chances of facing the hidden of what your professor is going to test you on in— is something we all fear.
There is, however, another form of stress of these exams. As it doesn’t get recognized as much in general discussion on this topic, we would be touching on this today. I’m talking about the strain that tells upon all of us after we have written the test. It is consequent to this stress that those seeds of uncertainty in your competence prop up back when it is eventually too late to look for possible remedies.
That’s why I present here some Do’s and Don’ts which I suggest you follow taking your final exams:
DON’T — Hunt for your notes post an exam looking for solutions
We all do it… ALL of us do it! You end taking a specific prickly exam and make a desolate attempt to comfort yourself. You take solace in reminding yourself about the hell you were regurgitating about! Then you start looking for your notes to verify if you wrote correct solutions to your questions
Doing this is stressful as it almost always results in a failure. It’s because, you totally mistook the question. Or else, you would have answered most of it flawlessly but probably missed one or two issues. In both cases, you will be left worrying about your manner of writing the exam until the final grades get out. After you have written your exam it is just too late for changing your answers. Therefore, worrying about them is equivalent to taking an unproductive stress.
DO — Use your vacation to indulge in something you love doing the most
This may seem apparent to some, nevertheless, the holiday should be used as a break. At the start of your vacation, the dawn of the Spring may seem like a long time away, but it will arrive quickly. Believe me! and then you can have your good old time off. Also, your holiday allows you only academic time off. The rest of your life doesn’t avail any break and it’s easy to lose your holiday to other demands- family, work, and yes, shopping and other vacation ‘duties,’ to mention a few. Moreover, the advertising firms coin this period of the year as the ‘most wonderful of all times.’ Still, the fact is that vacations are not always particularly pleasant for many people. Hence, try using your break to neglect over the Fall term and engage in something fun. That is why, the ‘Me time’ is significant in addressing the student stress (and all stresses, for that matter!).
DON’T — Renounce belief in your faculty
Taking a bad exam can really be an exhausting experience, particularly if you have sensed as you posited in an effort more than needed in preparing for it. Bear in mind, anyhow, that there are numbers of factors causing you taking a bad test. Probably, you concentrated on the wrong material! or perhaps you weren’t studying as fruitfully as you needed to! Also, it can be possible that you caught an illness, the day before — anything of this sort is quite possible! Nevertheless, try to grasp the lesson from your bad experience and use it to prepare for future tests more effectively. Learning, as always, has not been easy. Inevitably, there will be some hindrance to your having that glorious GPA of 4.0.
DO — Restart your routine exercise
In the final weeks of the session, many of us scramble for time for getting everything we desire to get accomplished. In this hurry, we tend to be neglectful of some important entities of our lives (pets, loved ones, video games). Naturally, exercising is often one of them. Involving in physical activities is an effective stress-buster. You may complete all your exams for the current semester. Consequently, you may have the odd four to six weeks of time before the initiation of the Spring. This, my friends, is the perfect time to strive and get back into a regimen of an exercise routine.
DON’T — Discuss the test you just wrote, with your classmates
In a similar fashion as that of the above lying “Don’t,” discussing the answers with your classmates can be highly demanding. This is particularly so if they responded differently to your exam questions. Moreover, this is truer for tests having multiple choice answers. In these questions, more than one answer seems plausible. Even then, your classmates may convince you for believing wrong the answer you ticked as correct (and which very well would be). Hence, believe your ability and discuss with your classmates about some issue other than your school!
DO — Be productive!
Somewhat opposite to the above “DO” is my next assertation regarding your vacations. For one reason, the vacation is an excellent time for you to get ahead of your workload or catch-up unfinished. Don’t you catch-up for the nearly 75% of your unaccomplished task of completing assignments in the Fall? The break, hence, is the perfect time to finalize your commitments.
The more productive you are in your vacations, the less stressful your Spring will be. This stress termination of the pre-emptive kind is a type of stress busting. During vacations you can try out free mock tests by EduGorilla.com to keep yourself ready for the different kind of tests that you would be giving after your results are announced.