Don’t Stress Yourself Out with Exam Pressure: Manage Your Time Effectively
Back to back lectures & classes, extra-curricular engagements & practical’s, hours of studies and much more; a student’s life is surely nothing less than an exhaustive run. Add to that the exam pressure and it increases the stress levels. While all these are important, managing them all effectively plays a crucial role in determining the positive outcome from it, especially during the exams.
If you are a student going through exam stress, here are some tips to manage your time effectively before exams –
- Assess & Organize Your Time
Everyone’s got the same number of hours per day. And it’s all about managing it well. So, first thing first. Assess your time. Meaning, how are you spending your 24 hours. List down the number of activities you do during the day. These will include your eating, studying, playing, TV time, etc.; write down how much time you are spending on every activity. Analyze where you are losing out on time. Then the next step is to organize. Choose when to do what and how much time to spend. For instance, cut down on your TV time. Instead, you can increase the time for your study and in some mind puzzling activities to keep your brain from sleeping.
Prioritizing is the most important aspect of effective time management. You need to identify what are the most important and the least important things to do during the day. As a student, you know your study needs. Every subject may require you to do different things like research, writing, reading, online courses, essays, etc. You may want to do mock tests as well. Prioritizing on what to do first and how to accomplish your tasks in a specified timeline would help you succeed and save your time too.
- Make a Schedule/Calendar
Schedulers and Calendars work as great trackers. You can use student organizers, planners, diaries, electronic tools, etc. There are many available in the market; from daily, monthly to weekly planners. Choose the one that you are comfortable with and can manage easily. Set up your schedule according to your priorities. Firstly, mark all your fixed commitments like tuitions, classes, seminars, etc. Mark a bigger section for study time and reviews. Choose study times when your mind is alert. Mark you low priority things to do too like exercising, playtime, etc. Additionally, you can have a wall calendar to remind you about the important deadlines, exams, etc.
- Use Review Cards
Review Notes or cards come in handy to do revisions while on the move; like for instance, when you are travelling in a bus or a train or waiting on a bus stop or a bank, you can use these notes to review what you have already studied. These frequent revisits to the topic will help you remember the subject effectively.
- Keep the Buffer
Keeping the buffer implies not planning your timelines neck to neck. You must leave some breather time in between your schedules. This is because it may happen that a subject study time or research may take more time than expected and may overlap with the other schedule, disturbing the entire timeline for the day. Hence, it is best to keep some buffers.
And, in the end, be logical and realistic about the entire planning. Know your physical and mental strengths; plan your rest time in your schedule and practice some relaxation activities to keep energizing your body and brain. And last but not least, get enough sleep to keep functioning effectively.