March has started and the clock is ticking away for the CBSE board exams 2018 to begin. The class 10 and the class 12 exams will start from Mar 5, 2018 and there are hardly few days left for the D-Day. Students have to put together their preparations to performance well.
We all know how important board exams are in a student's life. Hence, the pressure from the society will be mounted on a student. Having studied all round the year, how prepared are you? Does this question frighten you? Fear not, for there have been a slew of measures taken from the government as well as private institutions to help students combat the exam stress. Take a look at some of the options you could resort to when you feel stressed out due to exams and studying.
Reach Out For Help
The CBSE has its helpline open for students to reach out for counselling. The line is open from Feb 1, 2018 and will be available till Apr 31, 2018.
Students who want counselling can reach out to the CBSE board toll free number - 1800118004. According to CBSE's official website, the line is open for psychological counselling for class 10 and class 12 students.
Create A Checklist
Since there are just a few days left for the exam, create a checklist of the things you need to carry and do before and on the day of the exam. Since the board exams will be taking the centre stage, you might tend to forget other not-so-glaring activities that might seem important later on.
Check if you had signed your hall ticket, have your ID card ready, stationery in place and other desiderata. Writing down the necessary things can help you plan the left out ones efficiently without last-minute tension that could add to your stress.
Understand The Situation
According to the CBSE guidelines, the 'exam stress is meant for life enhancing and must not be considered life threatening.' So, first understand why you need to perform well in the exam. Keep your expectations practical. Know that there are other alternative options that you can take for your admissions according to the courses. You may research about it post exams. So for now, focus on what you have in hand, study hard and deliver optimally. You may check out CBSE's complete guidelines for students to deal with exam stress here.
Stop Looking At The Numbers
If you keep counting the balance portions, you might never end up completing them. You know the topics that are pending. So take them one at a time. Of course you do not have much time in hand. But worrying will only consume more time and not help you in any way. Instead if you keep going ahead with the studying, not bothering about how much is left, you will be surprised by how quickly you have acted and finished studying at the end of your session.
A lot of support groups exist to help similar people get together and brainstorm solutions. Similarly, you could check out with your peer group about their plans. You know that at least one of your classmates would be sailing in the same boat as you are. You need not get together and waste time or complain about your quandary. Instead, check out on one another's plans for last-minute preparations and come up with more ideas to finish studying quickly. This exercise will not only help you with a solution but will help you feel connected; vent out your tension and reinforce confidence.
Identify Stress Outcomes To Curb
Some of the outcomes of stress are loss of appetite and sleep. It is natural. Some others have the habit of biting their nails, cracking their knuckles and so on. When you find yourself doing one of these, stop and reboot your mind to cut out the negativity. Not taking adequate food, water or sleep can end up becoming detrimental for your health and will take a toll on your body. Also, don't stick to one single place all the time, lest it causes fatigue. Just move around for a while and then study for better results.
Focus On Development
There would be some factors deterring you from your study schedule. It is okay to be a little off track. You still have time to get back on track. So reschedule your timings and continue the good work. Stay confident because you had already studied a good amount of the portions and you could, in the same way, finish the rest. So focus on empowering thoughts rather than on the ones that keep pulling you down. Remember, worrying is not going to help, but positive thoughts can do you a world of good.
Have Back Up Plans
You might not have control of what happens but you certainly do have control over your responses. So just in case you are not able to cope up with the syllabus, have back up plans like learning from a friend or waking up early or revising during travel etc. You may check out CareerIndia's study hacks for each subject that you could follow for your last minute preparations.