Students are constantly under pressure to excel in their exams; and the days leading up to this crucial phase are fraught with tension, panic and all kinds of worries, resulting in an increase in their stress levels. Faced with such a situation, NT KURIOCITY finds out how students deal with rising stress in the run up to the exams
I think every student would agree that the worst part of their academic year is during exams. There’s so much of stress and note-gathering and everyone has a different way of dealing with this stress. I study subtopic-by-subtopic. In the sense, I take a break of around 15 minutes after finishing every subtopic. In that way I don’t feel mentally burdened and at the same time I keep my peace. Of course, exam time also means binging on junk food day in and day out because I’m at home all day on study break.
Darlene Fernandes, VM Salgaocar College of Law, Miramar
Exam phobia is an irrational fear that leads to avoidance of the feared situation or object which in turn increases the severity of the phobia. When you feel unprepared you won’t be able to achieve your goals or won’t be able to catch up with your parent’s expectation. It cannot be ignored, it has to be dealt with in a healthy manner; a typical disorder known as stress can lead to depression and low self esteem. Healthy conversation with oneself and loved ones can be used to allay fears, doing some exercise and spending your leisure time indulging in hobbies, which can alleviate the stress and help one perform much better than expectations. I believe the best way to overcome exam stress is that you start your preparations well in advance rather than stacking up the stuff for the day prior to the exam.
Tejas Borkar, KLE Technological University, Hubli
Just the thought of approaching exams sets of panic mode. I deal with stress, firstly, by setting realistic goals. This gives me an outlined plan that must be followed and also acts as a form of motivation. Secondly, social support is always important. Talking to a friend who is also dealing with the same sort of exam strain, manages to put me a little at ease. Lastly, when the pressure seems to be getting the best of me, I push my books aside, pick up an instrument and sing along or simply listen to blaring music. Reading a book also helps to clear my head and put things back into perspective. All in all, having a hobby is always comforting.
Charlene Zara Pereira, Parvatibai Chowgule College of Arts and Science, Margao
Quiet meditation for about 15 minutes really helps beat stress. I prefer listening to classical piano music which works as a great stress reliever. Otherwise I just go to an empty room and sit quietly for five minutes. I watch people who are not stressed and ask myself why am I stressed when they are not? This takes away all the stress. Finally the most important thing is to prepare in advance for exams to avoid a stressful situation altogether.
Vaman Nitin Sinai Neurekar, Indian Institute of Technology Goa, Farmagudi
Just at the mention of the word ‘exams’ most students get stressed. It’s the unavoidable consequence of life but we can handle it very well if we decide to do so. I too get stressed during exams but still I try my best not to let it affect me. To deal with it, the first thing I do is keep calm and manage my time properly. I follow a proper diet during exams. I don’t compare myself with others as I feel everyone is intelligent in their own way. I try to be happy as sometimes exam tension makes us sad or low. I also try to do my best to be focused on my studies as most of the time it helps me to be de-stressed.
Harshada Dessai, Fr Agnel College of Arts and Commerce, Pilar
Well it’s very normal to feel nervous and stressed before exams. Firstly, we should avoid procrastination as far as possible, start at least one week before and take breaks while studying, listen to music, go out to play during your break time. Before answering the paper, you just need to relax and not discuss much about studies with your friends.
Shaunak Kakodkar, Goa Engineering College, Farmagudi
Exam stress won’t be a problem if your notes are ready well before the exams and if you’re done with studying them. There will be many like me who start studying just before the exam and I’ve never been stressed because I’m able to go through all my notes, understand them and write in my own words for the exams. I believe stress will make you forget whatever you have studied. Just be confident of what you have studied and give it your best shot.
Alisha Fernandes, St Xavier’s College, Mapusa
During exams, if I am particularly stressed about a certain subject then I would treat myself with an ice cream, just to cool down my pace. After finishing my revision it would be well past midnight so I would have a steaming bowl of Maggie noodles or a glass full of milk. On reaching home after answering the paper I would take a nice hot shower and rest for the 15 minutes, all recharged to start another subject.
Alda Almeida, Fatima Convent High School, Margao
I try my best not to worry about the exams. It’s a thing that will pass. So during exams I try to get good sleep when I can. This helps a lot. Listening to good music and watching a few Ozzy Man YouTube videos, along with spending some time out in the evening, either taking a walk or a bike ride, Goan evenings are the best way to relax and chill. I think we being in Goa have a huge advantage over everyone else because we can relax here in so many ways.
Gaurav Padte, Goa University
I make a study plan and stick to it. That helps me organise my time and reduce anxiety. I also ask for help, if I need it. And I am also open to people asking me for help. It’s a really good boost of morale to have people by your side.
Julius Alphonso, Goa Engineering College, Farmagudi
Stress is common before exams but one can use some simple ways to relieve stress and anxiety, for example: you need to do something productive when you are stressed, conduct a mock test so that you know how much you are prepared, then listening to music calms you down. Also exercise, gardening, going out would help you refresh your mind and besides all that proper sleep and good eating habits are a must.
Kishan Mangeshkar, Don Bosco College of Engineering, Fatorda
When exams are approaching or going on, I get stressed very quickly. Hence managing/dealing with the stress is important to avoid or reduce the after effects of taking stress. I deal with stress in the following ways: I study for one hour then take a break, by listening to my favourite music; I try and get adequate sleep by going early to bed; I discuss important points related to the subject with my classmates to ease out the pressure of studying; I talk to my friends about their whereabouts to divert my mind from studies for a while and I eat healthy and drink a lot of water.
Elaine Noronha, Goa University