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Tips to Overcome Stress before Board Exams: Expert Suggestions, Revision Strategy

Nikkil VishaUpdated On: March 01, 2022 03:27 pm IST

As board exams season for the academic session 2021-22 is on full swing, here are the expert tips that will help you in avoiding the exam stress and plan preparation accordingly.


Tips to Overcome Stress before Board Exams

Board exams are around the corner and by this time most of the students might have completed their syllabus and started with final revisions. Where CBSE has scheduled the class 10 & 12 board exams to start from April 26 and other boards like ICSE, UP Board, etc are also expected to release the detailed date sheets soon. During these last few days of the exams, unnecessary tension and stress follow students, and the time which should be spent on revisions gets wasted due to stress and anxiety. This stress before board exams not only affects the preparation but also grades. 

Board exams are unavoidable but stress is, therefore, to avoid all the negative thoughts and to focus only on preparations we have brought you some expert suggestions and revision strategies. These tips will help you in knowing how to keep yourself motivated throughout board exams. 

Expert Suggestions to Avoid Stress before Board Exams

Experts' suggestions on how to handle stress before board exams are mentioned below. Students are advised to follow the tips to stay calm and positive.

Focus on Revisions

It is the final time, therefore, understanding the concepts is important rather than just memorizing the topics. Resolve your doubts or queries in any question or topic and clear it from your respective faculty within time. Try not to pick the topics in which you are very weak in the last few days of the exam as that topic might take 3-4 days and you will not get time to revise other important topics you are good at. 

Follow a Time Table

Create a 1-month preparation plan and divide your days to complete the revisions effectively. Include time for quick breaks and relaxation so that you do not exhaust yourself. Try not to follow the timetables or schedules created by your friends, set your target and goals for the last one month, and try to achieve all the weekly or daily goals created by you. 

Maintain a Healthy Routine

Other than taking the right steps towards the final preparation one should also focus on maintaining a healthy routine. Take quick breaks, go for small walks, talk to your friends. Selecting the right time to study is the choice of students, however, they are advised to take proper sleep to avoid fatigue and laziness. 

Positive Thoughts

It has always been said that only a positive mind can bring positive things in life and positive thinking will help you in doing all the things right which you might not be able to do with negative thoughts in mind. So take all the negative thoughts out and start thinking positive to see good results. 

Reduce the Use of Mobile Phones

To reduce the use of mobile phones, we meant that do not use social media for entertainment. Attend your online classes, clear your doubts using Youtube videos, talk to your friends but while relaxing or during breaks avoid mobile phones.

Also Read: Supreme Court Decision on Cancelling the Offline Board Exams

Revision Plan to be followed before Board Exams

Solve Previous Year Question Papers

Solving previous year's question papers helps understand the difficulty level of the paper, type of questions asked in the paper, etc. By solving the previous year's papers you can work on the speed of answering the questions while maintaining a good accuracy level. 

Download UP Board Model Question Papers

Circle and Underlying Method

While revisions, students might go through the whole concept again. During that time, you can underline or circle the important points so that you can quickly go through those points on exam day. Similarly while solving the questions also, underline or circle the relevant information to avoid silly mistakes. Students should pay extra attention to questions with qualifiers such as all, some, etc. 

Revise Important Topics and Formulas

Pick the important topics from each subject and go through them once before appearing for the exam. During this time, focus on remembering the formulas and basic concepts so that you can understand the questions and apply the right method to solve them. In the case of theoretical subjects, give a quick go-through to the important concepts. 

Learn Prefixes and Create Mnemonics

Some students get confused with prefixes and suffixes used in the questions. Therefore, create a chart to learn the prefixes like uni, bi, mono, and duo which are good indicators of quantitative statements. With the right knowledge of the actual meaning of these prefixes, you can solve the questions easily. Students can also create mnemonic phrases if they are facing difficulties in remembering some series or classifications. This way you can learn quickly. 

Join Online Study Groups

It is never too late so if you haven’t joined any study groups yet you can join one to get some pro tips or tricks related to preparations, revisions, clearing doubts, etc. It is not necessary to remain constantly active in online study groups, you can just drop your queries or try helping others in solving their doubts. 

The candidate’s performance in the final exam does not depend on how much syllabus he had covered during the time of preparation but on how much he can retain on the exam day. This is only possible if you keep yourself stress-free and focus on scoring high marks. Hopefully, the tips mentioned above will guide you in the right direction and help you to remain positive before the exam day. 


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