The period of examination has always proven to be a difficult time for most of us. It’s that time when it feels like time is short and you need a whole semester to be able to cover the whole course outline. For some of us, this often times results into anxiety and panic, so much that we find it difficult to understand and comprehend the main point and frame of our academic workload. This however need not be that way. Below are a few habits you should avoid during exams in order to help you go through that period with peace of mind. Read on!
- Unhealthy meals:
This may sound strangely frivolous and unavoidable I know, but the truth is eating unhealthy foods leads to indigestion, lethargy, drowsiness, laziness and eventually wastage of time. You will feel like sleeping at a time when you should be studying. So try not to binge on large amounts of junk food. Eat more fruits, vegetables and nuts. I will personally recommend banana and blueberries, bananas are high in protein which stabilizes your blood sugar levels for increased concentration while blueberries are rich in anti-oxidants and other essential nutrients to keep you focused and your brain nourished. The natural sugars in fruit offer your brain clean energy that doesn’t see you crashing shortly afterwards like more sugary and artificial foods.
The best battles are won not on the battlefield but on the training ground. You will be doing yourself a whole lot of good if you could utilize wisely the time both before and in-between exams. You can do this by making a list of all the topics you’re supposed to complete and allot a specific time to each topic and ensure that it is done by then. Ask one of your friends or your parents to keep checking up on you at regular intervals.
- Mobile phone distraction:
With Nigeria ranking as the eight largest consumer of internet services in the world, it is easy to point out that even your phone might be a distraction during exams. So, what would rather do? Hers what you can do: Switch off your mobile data, Wi-Fi and keep your phone locked in a cupboard if that’s what you have to do to keep yourself from continuously scrolling through your news feed, stalking your crush or tagging people in memes. Does that make sense?
- Sleep deprivation:
This is something most students try to do during exams. Instead of spending a few hours in class with a close to excellent comprehension of what we have read, we would rather stay for longer hours even when we can no longer grasp what we are reading. Well, here’s the shocker! You are doing yourself more harm than good. It’s better to sleep early and wake up early, especially during exams because it increases your productivity tremendously. In fact, study shows that students who know the content but are drowsy during exams are likely to get lower grades and than those who know little but had enough sleep.
- Not bathing for days:
Someone once said, there are two things we must do to survive: the first is to pray so that we might live and the second is to bath so that others can live…how funny? Of course, some of us must have done this at one time or the other but the fact still remains that spending some ten to fifteen minutes to tidy yourself will not erode you of the information you have in your head. So, be good to mankind and take a bath! It will freshen you up and make you feel a lot less drowsy and lethargic.
- Cramming everything:
Even if you have made the rather common mistake of leaving everything till exam season, mugging up everything is definitely not the solution. Your brain has a certain capacity and trying to stuff things in it beyond that will only make you forget the things that you do know. So there’s no need to be the jack of all trades, learn what you can, and learn it well. You may also help yourself by discussing with and joining groups of serious-minded students. Believe me; you can cover the equivalent of ten textbook pages in just a few minutes. What’s important is to capture the subject idea.
Most students think it’s awkward not to panic or worry during exams. But believe me, it’s perfectly right not to. Examinations are nothing but an assessment of the knowledge we have gained so far. Panicking actually tampers with your concentration and it is one thing you must not at any cost do. No matter how much of your syllabus is left, or if you do not understand things you’re studying, or if you don’t remember anything you’re studying, don’t panic. It doesn’t help. It never has and never will. You’ll just make everyone else around you panic too and then sit there and hyperventilate as a group. So, calm down, take a walk, drink tons of water and crack some jokes. It’s an exam not a death sentence.
What’s most important is not being “the best”, rather, it is being “your best”. It is a very unhealthy attitude to go about comparing yourself with other students in terms of preparation. Remind yourself rather that it is okay if others know more than you. Comparing yourself with others in that sense will only create in you a sense of inferiority and believe me, it’s the genesis of most defeats!