Students wired in an abyss of books racing against time to go through as many books as possible, is a common sight before exams. For most students exams entail anxiety, fear and nervousness. Most dreaded are the final exams. These exams decide whether a student tops the lot, manages to pass or repeats the same class.
A whole year of hard work culminates into the results of the final exams. Students who fail to judiciously utilize the entire year suffer the most. They try to complete one year’s syllabus in a span of few days. This Herculean task leads to demoralization, exhaustion and loss of faith in one’s capabilities. They are the hardest hit as the fear of not making it to the next class engulfs them.
Yet another sight is that of students engaged in elaborate prayers to propitiate the deity. Appeasing gods and goddesses and trying to seek divine intervention is also fairly common among examinees. Some pupils driven by the fear of getting poor marks resorts to unfair means. The day before the exam is spent in preparation for this. Small chits to be referred to in the exams hall are diligently made.
It is surprising that exams elicit different reactions in students. However, the common thread that binds them is of anxiety and fear. While brilliant ones worry about securing first place, the weak ones worry about not getting pass marks. Examination can be termed as the leveler, as irrespective of intelligence it brings in its wake tension and worries.
The fear of exams can be tackled by careful planning, determination, devotion and hard work. A routine balancing studies and recreation should be maintained on a regular basis. The solution to a sleepless and restless night before the exam lies in completing the syllabus in a methodical and phased manner. This will instill confidence in a student, saving him confusion and helplessness at the eleventh hour.
The day before the exam should be spent in revising lessons. Students should refrain from taking up new topics as this will add to their bafflement. It is advisable to have an early dinner and some good sleep before the exam. As staying up all night will increase fatigue levels. Tests should always be taken with a fresh mind. Tired minds will inhibit students from recalling their lessons.
A fresh and energetic student is likely to perform better than his peers, who are bogged down by fatigue. It is wise to be well prepared for the exam and to ace them with unwavering confidence.