BEFORE THE EXAM:
- Make a study schedule with regular, focused and well-spaced sessions.
- Evaluate yourself with self-tests. This will help you focus on the parts where you need improvement.
- Stay healthy with a good diet and plenty of physical activity.
- Take out time for leisure activities.
- Relax and engage in positive discussions.
- Do not make comparisons between your work and others’.
- Revise thoroughly but don’t overdo it.
- Get plenty of sleep, at least 7-8 hours every night.
- Avoid frantic last-minute revisions as it leads to confusion and stress.
- Talk to your friends about everything, but studies.
- Try to minimize the waiting time outside the examination hall.
- Tell yourself, ‘I am prepared. I will do well’.
DURING THE EXAM:
- Settle down and compose yourself.
- Try a quick relaxation technique-take a few deep breaths.
- Remember, feeling anxious is normal.
- Read the question paper calmly and plan out your time.
- If you don’t know an answer, leave it for later and try the next one.
- Leave some extra space after each answer for adding content later.
- There is no need to hurry. It’s not a race.
- Don’t be bothered by the number of sheets others are taking. Focus on your content.
- Leave some time for revision.
AFTER THE EXAM:
- Avoid getting involved in discussions about the question paper.
- Do not worry about what you may have missed out or could have written differently.
- Take a break and relax at home.
- Resume studies when you feel comfortable.
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