by Dr. Enozia Vakil on  April 1, 2013 at 12:21 PM Celebrating Life
Beat the Exam Fever - Try These Easy Tips
With exams being round the corner, it seems everyone, right from kids and mothers to teachers and schools are undergoing a constant pressure and stress. Competition and peer pressure can take out the best, or the worst in your child, depending on how well your kid handles it.

An increasing number of suicides in our country, during the pre and post exam period have created a good public awareness which is a good first step towards making a better generation. To help your kids manage the exam stress better, here are a few tips, which should be followed religiously.

Prepare a time-table: A well-planned day makes for better performance, be it school-going kids, or adults at their workplaces. Dividing the hours of your day and allotting them to specific activities, based on your priorities can make your more confident at handling things, and it gives you a good sense of control too.

Allotting specific time slots to specific subjects can make your work easier. Even better, help your kids do it. That way, you'll be building a stronger connection with them, which is of utmost importance.

Meditate: Meditation is one of the best natural techniques to improve confidence and boost mental health. Regular meditation improves concentration and before you know it, you'll be less distracted and more focused. Set out 10-15 minutes daily just for meditation.

Exercise: Moderate exercise doesn't just prevent obesity and other related conditions; it's good for your mind too. Aerobic exercises or just simple jogging can benefit your body in more ways than one. Firstly, exercises improve blood circulation, brings more oxygen into your body, which keeps the brain more active, and removes lethargy and sluggishness.

Set out for a short jog early in the morning.

Practice mock tests: Getting yourself acquainted to what's coming up is one of the best steps to take to ace that test. Practice mock test and previous question papers; it gives you a good knowledge about the kind of questions that may come up, which chapters carry a greater mark weightage etc.

Take a break: Constantly pressuring and overburdening yourself can have a negative and opposite effect on your exam score- if you're trying to do too many things at a time without a break, you'll probably not get more than halfway through.

Do remember to take small 10-15 minute breaks in between every study session-play with your pet or just simply walk around the house.

Sleep properly: getting adequate sleep is important, especially during exams, where the entire focus is on your mental faculties. A sleep-deprived body can affect your paper, but you knew that already, didn't you?

Think positive: Last, but not the least, positive thinking, which may seem monotonous and boring to many of us, should be implemented during exams. Stay focused on your stronger points, subjects you can score well, and stand up with confidence. Merely the 'I-can-do-it' attitude can help you kill the fear.

Source: Medindia

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