CBSE Board Exam 2019: Last Minute Study Tips to Perform Well in Exams

CBSE Exams 2019 for main papers in class 12 will start tomorrow with the English paper while for class 10 the exam for major papers will start on March 5 with the language subjects. These last days before an exam can be very stressful. Students might be worrying about their enough their preparations and revisions. The biggest fear among students is that if they will be able to remember all what they have learned or are learning, till the examination day.

However, it can also be an extremely useful period when students should consolidate whatever they have studied so far and put in some additional efforts to give an edge to their preparations. Now, students need to modify their usual study schedule and strategies. They need to revise their routine in the same way as it’s going to be during the exam days. Remember, exams are inevitable for students and they don't have to be painful.

Below you get top 7 mantras that will help you guys overcome the exam nerves or exam anxiety and prepare well for the coming exams.

1. Early to bed, early to rise; make your routine likewise

This is what you need to start doing right from today, if you want to keep yourself fit for taking the exam. Stop waking till late nights. Take a sound sleep of atleast an 8 hour. This will ensure that your brain has been properly rested and you can start studying the next morning with the completely fresh mind. Fresh mind helps you stay focused and learn things easily.

2. Do not study too much now

Free your brain form surplus stuff. Allow vacant space to your brain to relax, which is quite necessary to tune it for peak performance. Schedule small and frequent breaks in between your study time. For example, if you start studying at 4 pm then take break at 5pm for about 15-20 minutes and enjoy it with healthy evening snacks. Then come back to your study with a relax mind and satisfied tummy. Also, stop studying at least one hour before you go to sleep. In the mean time just close your eyes, take deep breaths and release your brain from all the surplus information. Let it just drift wherever it wants to. You won’t even realize how this simple technique will work wonders to release all the stress.

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3. Practice papers, past year exam papers, guess papers; try all

At this time trying to mug new topics or shuffling with new books will be a complete absurd. All you need to do is revision with practice papers, sample papers and previous years question papers. This will not only help you to track your performance but also make you comfortable with the examination like situation. At this time, more than your knowledge, your ability to perform in exam environment is important. Another thing to be considered while practicing with mock papers is focusing on speed. Give yourself a preset time constraint and try to answer the paper within it. This way you will learn the skill of time management.

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4. Eat well, drink well, live well

Like a car, your brain needs quality fuel to run efficiently. What you eat or drink has direct or indirect impact on your brain, including the parts that regulate mood. So, you should feed your brain healthy diet like nuts, fruits, green leafy vegetables, plenty of water, milk, etc. Keep away from junk food. Avoid too much caffeine and sugary drinks. Experts recommend drinking eight to 10 glasses of water each day Remaining hydrated is vital and adds to your overall positive mood.

5. Keep your cool

While a certain amount of stress among students is normal and can be beneficial for good preparation, too much exam stress can have damaging effects on both general well-being and performance of a student. So try to shed off the exam stress anyhow. Exercise and healthy eating can keep stress levels low. Even a 10 minute walk can also help refresh you for better revision. Another most prominent way of getting rid of the exam anxiety is meditation. It helps you get back into a state of calm and tranquillity. If mediation is not your thing, try listening to some music, shaking on rhythms, or soaking in a hot bath.  This will help you cast away the exam related worries and tensions.  

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6. Stay optimistic

Adopt a “can do” attitude. A positive attitude keeps your mind open and body relaxed, which makes it easier to concentrate and recall what you have learned. Either during studying or actually sitting for an exam, this optimistic attitude works well during both the conditions. It is a well observed fact that often when people suffer from anxiety, they focus on overwhelmingly negative thoughts. They foresee themselves to be a failure. Such pessimistic thoughts increase the level of anxiety which ultimately reduces the brain’s ability to absorb and recall the things. Thus, try to break down the negative thoughts and then replace them with more positive thoughts. This will help keep your anxiety at bay because you'll know that it's within your power to do well on big final day.

So dear students! keep being confident, prepared and positive. All these elements put together will take you to the success.

Wish You All the Very Best!!!

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