5th March 2018 might not be the most important date in the history of mankind but it sure is important to the students appearing for the board exams this year. Honestly speaking, the situation with the students appearing for the board exams has always been pretty annoying. As a matter of fact, it’s really tough to predict as to why the ritual of having these exams amidst the most celebrated and awaited festival of Holi is still being followed after all these years of Independence. We don’t mean to offend anyone, but does the idea of always putting education over fun not seem lame to the authorities? Or have they been trying to ‘mock’ the kids since all these years? Not to exaggerate, but the pressure could quite literally be felt across the nation during this particular time of the year, every year. But, guess what? India has always been a nation of the survivors. We have survived the Mughals, French, British, Dhinchak Pooja (and the last one was not even an external invasion) and not to mention the predictably recurring board exams. But we always manage to survive and rise even stronger.
So, here we are with our set of wise words that are meant to help you pass the 2018 board exams with flying colors… Or not. Well, isn’t there a lot of pep talkers already giving out their suggestions as to how important these exams are going to be for your career up ahead and telling you to prepare for them in what, not ridiculous ways possible? So, we’ve decided to break the cue and pass on our views as on how important is to maintain your calm in life, irrespective of the situation. Why? Because, any situation in life could be a tough nut to crack with all the agitation that you’ve got, let alone the boards. Therefore, we’re going to tell you about a few of the time-tested methods to help put your brain at ease.
- Believe In Yourself
The first and the foremost thing to do is to have faith in yourself. You have been practicing way too long for your board exams and irrespective of what others might think of it, you are prepared for this. Start by waking up in the morning, standing in front of a mirror and telling yourself ‘I’m confident. I’m prepared. And I’ll do great in the exams.’ This simple trick has been known for ages to instantly boost your confidence and empower you to prep up for the big challenges in life.
- Get Groovy
You’ve done a lot, studied for long hours, revised several times, jotted down the typical nomenclature and practiced those numerical problems so much that you now remember even the questions with all your heart. It’s time for you to break this rhythm and get groovy. We understand that you’re mostly busy rolling down your eyes through the course books but during the seldom times when you’re not doing so, take out your phone or music player, plug in your earphones and listen to some soothing music. Doing this would immediately calm down your agitation and help you carry on with your never-ending process of revising.
- Get On Your Feet
We mean this quite literally. On the contrary, the popular thought and practice of sitting for long hours with your books and notebooks and pens all around you so as to acquire better concentration and focus have been proven wrong. As a matter of fact, this has been proven that taking a break from the monotonous routine of grasping and jotting down the syllabi for a quick walk boosts your stimulus for better and quick understanding of things. A study was commenced by Dr. Chuck Hillman from the University of Illinois that included him recording the brain scans of 20 students taking the same test. A composite of their brain scans revealed how their brains were more active and receptive after 20 minutes of walk, as compared to 20 minutes of sitting in one place.
- Kuch Meetha Ho Jaye?
Do you love chocolates? Who doesn’t right? Well, then what are you waiting for? Go ahead and grab some grab some for yourself. A research by the Nestle Research Centre in Switzerland was published on 7th Oct 2009 concluding that people with high-stress levels upon consumption of chocolates (especially dark) showed a decrement in their respective stress hormonal release. In short, a chocolate a day can keep all the stress away. So, why to wait when you can let out your stress the yummy way.
- Be As Happy As A Banana
No puns intended, but do you know that the banana is known to be a happy fruit? Bananas contain an amino acid known as tryptophan which when consumed, gets converted into serotonin which is a happy-mood neurotransmitter in the brain. Eating a banana can elevate your mood and compel you to act happy with seconds of consumption. Guess what? Whoever said happiness can’t be bought, surely didn’t buy a banana ever. In short, now you have got yourself two delicious and instantaneous options to help release stress. So, technically having a banana split with loads of chocolate will be a great thing to do if you’re stressed. However, you may end up adding a bit more calories than your regular diet though.
- Plan Your Study Routine
This particular practice has been known for ages and is among one of the most recommended ones throughout the world. Unfortunately, however, this is also one of the most neglected advice in the world. It has usually been observed that students either tend to spend more time on the subjects that they love or on the ones they feel they are the week at. Doing this drastically impacts the remaining subjects and results in tiring out the students by shattering their focus leaving them confused. On the contrary, having a proper plan for your study routine enables you to relevantly focus on all the subjects for a better result. This way you can put more efforts on the subject that you feel you’re the week at and also get a glimpse of the stronger counterparts, thereby leaving you more confident and less stressed.
- Get Some Sleep
A common symptom that grows on the students while appearing for the general exams is the tendency to sleep even less. Taking the board exams into consideration this symptom is displayed the students at the optimum level. Understand this that the only thing you are getting by sleeping late in the night and waking up early in the morning is sleep deficit which gives you the worst kind of stress. On the contrary, getting a good night’s sleep helps your brain apprehend new and more stuff related to your subjects into your long-term memory for you to recall the desired time. So plan your sleep accordingly and get at least 7 hours of sound sleep especially during the board exams. This will surely help you release a lot of the unwanted stress.
- Pop Some Bubbles
Sounds awkward? Trust us when we say this works. There’s always been a weird connection between the desire to destruct something and happiness in humans. Popping out the bubble wrap sheet is just the safest way to make sure you stay stress-free and don’t end up breaking something of more importance just for fun. You don’t need to believe us on this one but there has been a survey by Sealed Air Corporation which concluded that 1 minute of popping bubble wrap can release as much stress as a 33 minutes massage. So, don’t wait any longer and start popping the bubbles and your stress all at once.
- Spend Time Petting
Not that we suggest to get yourself a new pet amidst the exams but petting has been known for long as a strong stress reliever. In fact, many educational institutions these days have petting rooms as a remedy for their stressed-out students just the ‘puppy room’ at the University of Bristol. Even if you don’t have a pet in your house, you can spend a few minutes watching the birds in the sky or the stray cats and dogs across the local streets around your house.
- Say No To Social Media
Studies across the globe have found that an average teenager spends about 38% of the day on their respective social media accounts. Not to say, socializing is a good thing to and you definitely get to learn a lot from the social media platforms these days, but spending way too much time on social media has a lot of adverse effect on you. To mention a few, you end up wasting your valuable time, which could have been otherwise utilized for some better purpose, end develops a guilty conscience for doing so and of course, end up getting way more stressed than before. So, preferably during the boards or for that matter any exams, try controlling your urge to check on your social media accounts every few minutes.
We are pretty confident that the 10 methods mentioned above will prove quite effective in helping you release the unnecessary stress that has been building upon you for the past few days or months. In anyways, however, if you still find yourselves stressed out and difficult to focus, do seek our help by commenting below or leaving us a message on our website. Remember, no matter what the world might think and say to you, we believe you will perform well in your exams. So, stay motivated, stay focused and of course stay tuned for our next blog to help you out in some other ways.
And yes, all the very best for your exams!