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Stress-free ways to ace entrance examinations

For many exam time is synonymous with stress. As you get ready for the entrance, make sure you maintain good study habits and learn how to study smart.

education Updated: Apr 15, 2015 19:20 IST
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For many exam time is synonymous with stress. As you get ready for the entrance, make sure you maintain good study habits and learn how to study smart.

Time management: Time is the most precious resource available, and also the most easily wasted. It is therefore important to be organised to prevent an overload of work at the last minute.

Healthy lifestyle: While dealing with the pressure of exams, students should maintain a healthy lifestyle. Adequate sleep and appetite are essential. Instead of staying up all night, plan your studies and ensure that you get adequate sleep, especially before the examination.

Plan your breaks: You should take regular breaks for around 5-10 minutes each. Avoid reading, TV or computers, as they all overburden the brain. Instead, listen to music, have light snacks, or go for a short walk. You must take out time for some form of physical exercise on a regular basis.

Avoid stimulants: It is a myth that caffeine or nicotine can help improve your concentration during exams. On the contrary, they are likely to increase your anxiety levels, thereby making you feel more stressed.

Focus on yourself: Be it an annual exam or an entrance exam, the focus should be on your performance. Competing with peers might help motivate you. But as far as possible,work towards fulfilling your own expectations from yourself.

Test yourself : Take self-tests on a weekly basis. This will help you evaluate your own progress. as well.

The before/after exam: Do not revise in the morning just before the exam. That would only add to confusion and stress.

The author is director, mental health and behavioural sciences, Fortis Healthcare