TheÂ matricÂ class of 2014 is currently sitting its final exams, as are students at tertiary institutions across the country. Exams, and the long wait for results, are nerve-wracking but you are not alone. Here are five ways to deal with exam stress.
1.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Relax!
The last thing you want to hear when you are stressing out is that you must relax. But Eileen Maleka, a careers educator at Wits Universityâ€
â€œYou need to own your position and realise that these exams are going to happen either way. Make them count anyway,â€ she says.
Relaxing also helps you think rationally. You are able to make better, well-thought out decisions when you are calm.
2.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Set a plan for yourself and stick to it
Schedule your study time and manage that time effectively. People do not perform as well as they are able when they do not plan. With no vision, you will fall short of your goals. The South African Depression and Anxiety GroupÂ (SADAG) say that the goals you set out must be specific, realistic and you must be able to measure the outcome. Work the plan and be disciplined.
3.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Be kind to yourself, affirm yourself and control your thoughts
With anxiety comes fear and worry. You need to consciously stop these thoughts by talking yourself out of them. Become your own biggest fan and tell yourself â€œI can do thisâ€, â€œI can pass this subject,â€ and â€œI am stronger than I think I am.â€ You may not believe it at first, but the more you keep saying it to yourself, the more it registers in your brain. Do not underestimate the power of your thoughts and words.
4.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Prioritise your physical wellness
You are already anxious, your body is probably already strained in some way so itâ€
5.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Prepare adequately for the day of the exam
Get enough sleep the day before an exam. Set an alarm and if you are still worried, ask someone to wake you up. Getting to the exam venue early will help you stay calm before you sit down to write.
Make a checklist of everything that you will need on the day to ensure you donâ€