Exam is not something everyone enjoys. Even if you think you are fully prepared, exams often turn out stressful. Do you find yourself jittery at the very mention of exams? Do you feel your heart pounding against your ribs the night before the exam? Do you wake up in the middle of the night with exam fright even when there is no exam the next day? If you are nodding yes to at least one of the above questions, you are facing exam anxiety.
Do not worry if you have exam anxiety. It is human to feel exam fright and it is perfectly normal. Though the title says “beat exam anxiety”, you must make peace with the fact that you cannot really beat it, but you can manage it constructively with a few mind tools that we are going to show you here: –
- Identify your needs
Make a list of your daily needs and prepare a daily routine that meets all your needs and allocates time for exam preparation. When you have your needs met as much as possible in a timely manner, you will have more energy and time to prepare for going into exam mode.
- Discover a Pre-Exam Routine
Experiment different learning strategies and variations in your daily routine and discover one configuration that works for you. Find a combination of activities that gives you maximum time and energy to prepare for exams.
- Segregate your consciousness into normal and exam-day configurations
To write your exam efficiently, you need to be in the zone, a consciousness level that is different from that of your normal day routine. You must separate and prepare your consciousness into normal day and exam-day performance configurations weeks before the exams and train yourself getting in and out of each mode.
- Enact the Writing of Exam physically on the morning of the examination
On the morning of exam day, enact writing the exam physically before a mirror to warm up your mind to go into exam mode.
- Check your Exam Equipment and ensure it’s all there
On the day before the exam, make sure you have all your exam equipment in place, like hall ticket, pen, pencils, refills, and other tools required to write the exam. Doing so will free your mind to focus on preparing your mind for the exam in the next day.
- Take Deep breaths
Try deep breathing techniques to relax your body and mind on the day of exam. Take a deep breath, hold it for 10 seconds and release slowly. This will relax your nerves and regulate your heartbeats. Deep breathing techniques can help you go into exam mode quicker.
- Practice Mindfulness
Mindfulness is a way of living in which you focus on everything in the present, keeping all your worries at a distance and looking at them rationally. Practice living at the moment, and you will realize you have much more energy than you thought you had. You will now have more energy to invest in your exam preparation.
Hope these steps help you in managing your exam stress. Let us know your experience in the comments section below. Tell us if there are any other mind tricks that worked for you. All the best for your exams!