How to cope with examination stress…

2014-10-21 22:43

I know this time of the year can be stressful for almost everyone, especially for the matriculants preparing for finals. The most important thing to do is to ensure that you give it your all for this last month. You really don’t want to sit down on the day the results are released nationally and regret the fact that you just didn’t put all your effort in. Also I want you all to know that it isn’t the end of the world if you fail your matric, I know of many successful people today that have failed their matric and went back, did it again and never looked back since. The best feeling for any student is to do well enough to have as many options available to him/her at various highly rated universities as possible. If you find it easier to study in a group, go to your school with your study group and set goals everyday where your group must cover a certain amount of study material. I publicly challenge every single matriculant out there to raise their potential average by 5%.

Here are some tips to cope with finals:

  • Develop your Time Management skills and have a well thought of study timetable:

It's of paramount importance to ensure that you have a study timetable that includes a reasonable and realistic amount of studying time a day for the relevant subject matter. Being realistic is the deciding factor, we tend to be over ambitious and want to always do more than we actually can in a day and that ironically leads us to get demotivated. Also ensure that you develop your time management skills by sticking to that time table daily, leaving time for other things which I will mention below.

  • Get enough sleep:

I'm all about the concept of “sleep is for the billionaires” but it's crazy to think of how important sleep actually is to your daily routine and ensuring that you function correctly. Get at least 5 hours of sleep during finals and about 7-8 hours during your various holiday periods.

  • Limit Social Media:

This is the mother of all distractions, actually switch off all social media until finals are done and dusted. If you someone who has to have their phone with them then put it away and have a social media hour where you can still engage with friends and tweet once every day.

  • Picture your success:

Picture the best possible scenario that can come from doing exceptionally well during the final examination period. Use that as your motivation to get you focused on making that image a reality.

  1. Try rewriting or summarizing your notes & chapters:

Everyone has their own study methods — re-reading (or reading for the first time!) textbook chapters, taking practice quizzes, re-reading one’s class notes. But here’s something you should try if you haven’t yet — rewriting or summarizing both your own classroom notes and the textbook chapters.

Research has shown that this method helps you to better learn the subject matter. It can also help you synthesize the main themes of the chapter or class. It may seem time-consuming or even pointless, but it’s a simple method that you can put to the test to see if it helps for you.

Good Luck!

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