Children in the previous issue we discussed some of the points to be kept in mind while preparing for the exams. I am sure you must have found the tips handy and useful. In this issue we have tried to cover the points essential to be kept in mind while writing the examination. By following a few mental, physical, and psychological strategies, you can get rid of the anxiety and get the best result out of yourself.
By taking deep breath, you can provide your brain with fuel to help it perform better.
Budget Your Time
If you have a choice to write your answers in any order, do the easy ones first to build up your confidence.
The last 15 minutes should be to review your paper.In case you find mistake make the necessary corrections.
Stay For the Entire Exam
Even if you feel you cannot recall any more, by relaxing or waiting in the exam hall, information and details might come to mind and enable you to score additional points.
Make sure you have all the things necessary for the exam such as stationery, your identity card, hall ticket, watch etc.as last-minute searching for things can stress your mind.
One hour before the exam, relax!! Don't stress yourself feeding more information to your already worked-up brain. If you have some time before the exam, use it to review material and practice your output. Don’t try to learn new material at this stage.
This will help you avoid unnecessary stress in the immediate period before your exam. Find out an external exam location in advance to get an idea of how long it will take you to travel there on the day of the exam.
Avoid Meeting Nervous Students
While waiting for the exam to begin, avoid speaking to students who appear nervous as you will also get nervous. It’s preferable to stay confident and focused on doing well on the exam.
Get enough sleep the night before the exam. If you’re dull-headed because of a lack of sleep, you won’t be able to perform your best.
Before you go for the exam, eat foods that are energy producing and at the same time not too heavy on your stomach. Never go on an empty stomach as you can end up concentrating more on your hunger than on your exam paper. Fruits and proteins are good source of energy. Avoid intake of heavy carbohydrates like rice and potatoes as they make you sleepy.
Your body and your brain need water. Research has proven that your brain performs more efficiently when well-hydrated. If possible carry a water bottle to the exam hall to rehydrate. Drink enough water, but not so much that you need to use the washroom.
Focus On Yourself
Don’t look around at how other students are doing. It may appear that you’re trying to cheat and it will just distract you from your main task which is to do well in the exams. Remember Arjun’s focus was on the eye of the fish and not on the crowd.
Once you get the question paper in your hand, read all the questions and make a quick rough plan on how you are going to invest your time for doing your best. Mark the questions which you know the best and attempt them first. In this manner, you will increase your confidence further. Put the question numbers carefully and leave sufficient space after every answer.
Read Each Question
Carefully read what you are being asked to do in each question. Don’t presume. Reread to see what you’re actually being asked and remember that exams change all the time, so questions that appeared in the past may differ from those given in the present.
Keep It In Perspective
Most of the time after the exams are over, we worry about the results or waste time discussing what are friends have written. If you feel you have really messed up an exam, there’s nothing you can do until you get the results. Worrying about it won’t help – and may reduce your chances of doing well in other papers.
Have Faith In God
Above all, have faith in God. It is His blessings that take you places.er exams you are taking. It always seems impossible until it is done.
Make sure you focus on reading the instructions on the question paper carefully. This is the most common mistake made by students. Don’t let it happen to you.
Lord Who Saved the World
Children do you know why Maha Shivratri is celebrated on the 13th night/14th day of the 11 Hindu month of Phalgun or Maagh every year. The day is celebrated to remember Lord Shiva who saved the world from destruction. When the Samudra Manthan i.e. churning of the Ocean was going on Lord Shiva saw the poison oozing out of Vasuki’s mouth, which would have destroyed the whole world. Shiva immediately consumed the deadly poison to save the world. The devotees stayed awake whole night to give company to Lord Shiva, who was not supposed to fall asleep after drinking the ocean poison (Kalakootam). It is believed that the formless God appeared in the form of Lingodbhav Moorti at midnight on Maha Shivratri. It is on this day that Lord Shiva performed the Tandav, the cosmic dance.