Tips for the students who are set for their finals soon
The Director General of India’s premier media institution Indian Institute of Mass Communication released tips for the students who are set for their finals soon.
Shri KG Suresh, Director General, Indian Institute of Mass Communication said “ While some stress is a normal response to an anticipated event, like exam writing, but when that stress gets out of control it can be debilitating and make test preparation a very difficult task. Therefore, the best thing to do is to manage the stress and make sure that it does not break down your physical, mental or emotional health.”
Although it is normal to have some anxiety and stress during exam and everybody experience it. There are some individual who are more prone to be anxious. A typical case would be a student who is by nature anxious and sensitive and has been over-protective by parents who worry excessively about his anxiety and sensitivity. Such people have tendency to experience more and more stress with duringexams. Sometimes harsh, critical and punishing school environment could make students feel excessive exam stress. At times students would try to escape exams by feeling ill and have somatic symptoms like trembling, headache etc.
Common symptoms of anxiety are palpitation, sweating, increased or decreased appetite, nightmares etc. Besides the emotional, psychological and somatic symptoms, student who experience exam anxiety may have magnified anxiety thoughts like “I’ll expelled from the school”, “I’ll be humiliated”.
Anxiety hampers the performance and the student might be feeling that his/her mind is blocked that leads to further thoughts that “I may not be able to recall anything.”
These students often perform well in non-exam situations. They have the ability to comprehend, recall, in a situation where they are not being tested. But when they enter examination hall they start feeling palpitations, sweating, mind blocked and an extreme sense of anxiety as if something dangerous will happen. This leads to difficulty in comprehension and recall because of which students actually not able to perform well in exam. When they come out of examination hall they recall most of the things. Exam anxiety and poor performance in the exam reinforce the anxiety thoughts that they would not able to perform.
Here are some suggestions to students, parents and teachers by the veteran Educationist Shri Suresh:
· Taking the Examination
Students must come early for examinations. Rushing into the exam room puffing is not good. When exam papers are placed on the desks for the students, they should first read all questions and then select which questions to start with. They should start with easier questions instead of starting with the difficult ones which may take more time thus losing to gain marks on easier questions first.
· Understanding the Examination Questions: It is important for the students to read and understand the context of the question and what the examiner wants
· Exercise: It’s important to develop some stress busters in your daily life like deep breathing, physical exercises, relaxing stretches or listening to calm music
· Diet:Eat a nutritious diet and get plenty of sleep
· Short Breaks: Breaks are important to study in a relaxed, systematic and graded manner.Short breaks help you to stay focused on your task
· Mock Test:Taking mock test in small groups helps to deal with exam stress.
For Parents and teachers:
· Supportive and non-critical environment is important.
· Encouraging and helping them develop realistic evaluation of their academics help them to overcome the magnified thoughts of anxiety during exam stress.