If you’re like every other human being attending high school, then you would understand that the weeks leading up to exams, and the exams themselves, can be quite stressful. You may be the one in a millionth who thinks exams are fun, a great way to test your knowledge, or have absolutely no care in the world for your results, however the rest of us do care, and see exams as a painful and unnecessary method of proving that we know a textbook from cover to cover.
So, you have exams coming up? Mid-terms, Finals, whatever they might be, here are some helpful hints which I myself have used on many occasions to get me through a rough exam, but before we start – Welcome to Wiki How, or as I call it, what not to read when you need help doing stuff!
Yes, meditation is a great way to manage your stress and anxiety before an exam – or speaking task for that matter! The best way to meditate, in my own opinion, is to have a four-syllable word, or ‘mantra’, which you repeat in your head while meditating. This helps you focus your thoughts and block out distractions. This can come in very handy when you’re taking an exam that you really need to focus in, but there’s the one annoying crow outside which just won’t shut up.
On a more scientific level, 20 minutes of meditation can give you the same health benefits and focused mind as if you’d just been in a light sleep for four hours. Be warned, however, that it is very hard to stay still, silent and focused for 20 minutes on your first attempt, so it would be best to work in gradual steps, e.g. start off meditating for 5 minutes, then the next day try 8, then 10, and so on. This really helps and has been very beneficial for both myself and many others who meditate.
2. Study, Study, Study!
We’ve all been there. It’ 3 days before your exam, and you’ve been procrastinating up until this point through various methods, such as binge watching 80 episodes of TV shows on Netflix (In my defence, they were good shows!) My method of study, which I have spent perfecting over the course of 3 years, involves the preparation of study booklets and revision notes from DAY ONE of learning, and revising these notes every two weeks to the point that I could answer any question about the topic off the top of my head. For difficult courses, such as English, where you must remember boring quote after boring quote, I would suggest flash cards and trigger items. If a quote is about an eye, wide open staring across the room, then bring in a pen grip with eye’s open wide to trigger your memory!
Study isn’t for everyone however, and everyone has their own techniques. So, remember, if whatever you are doing is getting you the best marks you could possibly get, then keep doing it. But always strive for the best, and then you know you will be getting the results that reflect your best efforts.
3. Seafood (Yuck or Yum)
Yes, that’s right, the brain food of the ancients. Seafood has been proven time and time again to contain the highest amounts of Omega 3 lipids (fats), which are essential in the human diet for our brain cells to retain memory and knowledge. These fats aid in the production of chemicals and neural signals within our brain associated to learning and memory. So be sure to consume as much seafood as humanly possible, and if seafood is totally disgusting in your view, then some omega 3 supplements can be found at almost any and every supermarket and chemist in the world.
So, there you have it, three of pretty much hundreds of different strategies to help you through the stress that is commonly called school. If you would like to write your own articles for the HDA Blog, or have some general feedback, contact Lana (Vibrational)!
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Edited by: Vibrational