With only a week left before RBI Grade B Phase I 2015, the heat is on. As the exam approaches, you start doubting your meticulous preparation and feel you are forgetting everything you have learned so far. Suddenly simple concepts start wreaking havoc on your brain and the negativity consumes your thoughts.
If this is the case with you, don't panic. You aren't alone. Everybody goes through pre-examination stress and it is only natural that you feel the same. To alleviate your fears, we present to you tips and tricks prepared by our experts to beat examination stress.
1. Remove all the distractions :
In order to concentrate better and manage your study better, remove all the distractions from the place of your study. This can be anything from your gadgets (phone, iPod, laptop etc.) to a window. Everything that distracts you should be kept aside. Not only will you start worrying about all the things that aren't right, you also feel stressed about all the time you are wasting. So, set up a routine of removing all distractions from your study space and you will see your productivity increase by huge margins.
2. Study in different spaces:
To counter the boredom arising from continuously studying for long hours, try changing your setting. Research shows that you tend to retain more information when you study in different locations. That said, it doesn't means that you need a palace to study. If you are feeling bored in your room, try the other room. Experiment with the lighting and you will feel that your mind is suddenly more receptive (and more alert) and retains information better.
We can't stress on this point enough. Your breathing plays an important role in your learning. Whenever your mind is consumed with negative thought, practice deep breathing for 1-2 minutes. To practice that, just close your eyes and concentrate on the tip of your nose, breathe in and count till 7. Then hold the breath for 3-4 seconds and breathe out for 7 seconds. What is essentially does is REBOOT your brain enabling you to remove all the worries and start working with a positive mind-set.
After an hour of study, make it a point to stop for 15 minutes and let your mind relax. You can stretch yourself, do a quick workout or just take a stroll. Research has shown that studying (learning in general) for continuous duration makes you lethargic. On the contrary studying with intermittent breaks has been shown to increase your learning. The problem with breaks is they extend very easily. You feel like doing everything (that you otherwise would never do) in that break time and a 15 minute break extends to 1-2 hours thereby disrupting your cycle of study altogether. Put a countdown timer or an alarm of 10-15 minutes and make it a point to get back to study once it is over.
5. Plan your Day
After you are done for the day, make a plan for the next day. Just a general plan to get you started. Use a calendar app to put the study schedule on your Calendar app. Check and update your calendar regularly to remind yourself of your study schedule.
The bottom line is to ensure that you don't study so less that you get stressed about it, or study so much that the stress gets to you. ‘Don't panic' is an easy thing to say, but a tough thing to implement. Follow the above mentioned techniques and you are good to go for your study preparation.