Avoiding Panic during Exams

Recognizing a problem is the first step to overcome fear. The fear of exam is no different from any other form of fear and one must be honest about the factors. It could be capability of peer group, preparation style and knowledge. Thousands of students all over the world face the same phobia. This is more common than you think. Here are some tried and tested methods.

Prioritize and schedule
Make a list of everything you need to do for the next day. Prioritize based on what is important. Ideally, mark importance based on past question papers, not on what your best friend told you an hour before.
Also make a realistic assessment of number of hours left for the exam and what you could wrap up till then.

Phone a friend
Speak to the friend about everything but exam pressure. Discuss about specific rules and formulas you have already covered and aware of. Do not panic if you come across a new topic or question. Make a mental note and set yourself a time slot to go through it. Never start any argument with anyone and keep yourself aloof.

Top tips
Do not attempt anything new at the last moment and you must accept the fact that you will not be cover these in the last minute. Things you have found easy and need to do a quick revision. If they are important, review this thoroughly. This might help reduce your panic level.

Pack your bags
The last thing you want to do is land up at the exam hall without your ID card or your calculator. So pack your bag well ahead of time. This gives you the freedom to revise till the last minute.

Get enough sleep
Remember our brain works best when it’s in relaxed state. Make sure to get proper sleep before you get ready for the D day.

Tell yourself, this is not going to change your life.
However important the exam is, you will get more opportunities to prove yourself. This one exam is not going to mess up your entire life.

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