Each one of us has once shared this moment of panic. The moment when before exams you have just started reading your question paper and suddenly you realize that somewhere between the exam hall door and your seat, your learnt lessons have chosen to walk away from you. This had made you frantic. You had started panicking. All that you could hear then was the clock ticking by and you watching others write for a long time.
Be aware and practice mindfulness
Be aware of your mind and body. Observe every breath you take in follow the air as it goes into your lungs and flows out through your nostrils. You could also lie on your back, close your eyes and focus on one area of your body at a time to be fully present at any given moment. Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is scientifically proven treatment to bring down stress levels.
Make positive affirmations
It is possible to control the flow of adrenaline and stay calm by repeating positive affirmations about being focused, meaningful learning, and development of self-discipline.
Do not be harsh to yourself
Set realistic targets and do not criticize yourself if you miss a few. Make a list of your achievements at the end of every day, even if they are small ones. Such a list can keep you motivated and help you focus on the positive happenings at any given moment.
Declutter your work space to improve focus
Make sure that your room and desk are clean and organized. Your mind can get distracted from the work at hand if there are too many diversions. Physical clutter burdens your brain and devaluates your ability to think which leads to stress.
Exercise regularly: Practice any form of exercise such as jogging, biking, walking, or aerobics three to five times a week for thirty minutes to one hour. Do this consistently for a fortnight and feel an enhanced sense of well-being.
Value time and prioritize your work
Time is the most valuable resource at an individual’s disposal. Make the most of it by making a time table, where you can assign specific slots to different subjects, practice tests and workloads. You can assign more time to subjects which you feel require your special attention. This way you can ensure that the important stuff is covered and that too at the right time.
Get plenty of rest
According to scientific research, adequate sleep of seven to nine hours per night can improve concentration, productivity and cognition, having a positive impact on the academic performance of students. Avoid staying up late all night just before the exam. Get at least six hours of sleep to manage stress and maximize your performance.
Listen to music
Listen to music which has strong therapeutic value. It will re-invigorate you and help imbibe freshness that is essential for concentration.