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10 Tips to Bid Final Exam Stress Goodbye

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Final exams are round the corner! Waves of stressful thoughts engulf the minds of children. A little bit of stress can be a good thing as it motivates us to really work hard.  But exams can make stress levels get out of hand, which can stop us from performing our best.  “Do I know enough? What questions will come up? What if I do badly?” This triggers reactions from feeling irritable to being unable to eat or sleep properly, feeling tearful or even panicky. So here are ten tips which will help children cope with exam stress.


  1. Exercise and eat healthy: When focusing on mental activities, it’s easy to neglect your physical health. Remember that if your body is worn down, your brain won’t be able to function at the level you need it to. Exercise and good nutrition helps control your stress levels, and also stabilize your emotions. Exercise helps keep your blood pressure low and it can help raise your energy levels so you can continue to study more effectively. Going for even a 20-minute brisk walk releases feel-good endorphins to boost your mood and can help quiet an over-active mind. Working up a good sweat can make you feel like a new person — just remember to drink lots of water afterwards to stay hydrated. Also, do your best to moderate your caffeine and sugar intake, as both can increase your stress levels.
  1. Stick with your routine: Make a concerted effort to eat and sleep properly before you write your exam. Changing your sleep patterns or diet when exams are round the corner will take you out of your comfort zone. Even though it is harder to manage your time during an exam period, try to maintain a productive and healthy routine.
  1. Organise your study: Set up a detailed study calendar accommodating all your subjects, with time allotted against each one of them. While designing your time table ensure you have sufficient time for the revision of all the lessons you have learnt. Let your timetable be a realistic and achievable one, which will certainly help you boost motivation levels as you accomplish your study plan.
  1. Take regular breaks to recharge: Adequate breaks should be taken during preparations. Nobody can maintain a constant attention span. Hence sufficient breaks will help re-energize yourselves and bring back the focus again. A simple meditation or Yogasana will enhance your concentration.
  1. Listen to A LOT of music: Taking a break to listen to your favourite album or putting on classical music while you study is an excellent way to refresh your mind.
  1. Visualize the exam going well: Picture yourself writing the exam. You start the first question and realize, “Wow, that was easy”. Then you move to the next question and once again it goes great. Imagine getting your test paper back and there is an A written at the top. Develop a positive attitude towards exams. If you are well prepared you will walk into the exam room thinking “WOW! I am really going to perform well today”.
  1. Talk It Out: Don’t keep your anxiety bottled up inside. Have a chat with your parents over a cup of coffee. Walk them through your plan for the finals, tell them what is stressing you out and ask for any advice they might have.
  1. Focus on the present, not the future: Thinking about how you could’ve studied more, how the exam is going to be, or how a poor performance may affect you negatively can all equally distract you from the task at hand. Instead of worrying about future consequences, pay attention to present details and focus your energy on managing things you can currently control.
  1. Know what to expect: When studying, devote time to generating a list of questions from your lecture and reading notes that you believe will appear on the exam. Pay special attention to hints that were given by your instructor. Coming across questions that you’re familiar with will reinforce the fact that you’re well-prepared.
  1. Arrive early: Avoid the stress of being late for an exam and plan to arrive early. On arriving early, take a short stroll around the building and relax yourself. Try and pay attention to the nature around you – the birds chirping, the green leaves and the flowers. This activity will surely refresh your mind and thoughts.


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Kalyani Shankar is a mother of twins and works as a German Linguist in an MNC. Amidst the jam packed busy life of a working mother, she looks forward to spending quality time with her kids when back home. Kalyani loves to introduce thought-provoking and fun activities that interest children. As a Balvikas spiritual educator for children, she strives to include ‘Spirituality and its Relevance’ in daily life situations and mentors parents on the same lines.

2 thoughts on “10 Tips to Bid Final Exam Stress Goodbye

  1. Aditi Dutta

    Great article Kalyani! Students would definitely succeed if they followed these points mentioned by you.


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