Psychologist prescribes prayer as a pill to control emotions besides inculcating positive feelings like joy, happiness, satisfaction, love, fun and enthusiasmSharpening the axe before cutting the wood is not a waste of time, but an act that improves efficiency. With this being the time of entrance tests, students burying themselves into mounds of books is a common sight. In this process, many tend to forget the basic rule in writing a competitive exam, that is, keeping the mind relaxed.`Emotional well-being' is essential for excellence in any act of competition that involves concentration and retrieval of information from the mind's backyard. In such testing times, the students have to keep in mind that every TEST involves four clinching factors: T (Techniques), E (Energies), S (Stress) and T (Time).Says Kalathuru Sudhakar Reddy, a Tirupati-based psychologist and an associate professor in management studies, "Every one of us is blessed with abundant psychological energies (mind power). Relaxation through deep breath and activating blood circulation by regular consumption of water will keep the mind active all the time. The subconscious state of mind, where 80 p.c. of the mind power lies, manifests itself into an omnipotent genie with a ten-minute relaxation in the morning."Dr. Reddy prescribes prayer as a pill to control emotions, besides inviting positive feelings like joy, happiness, satisfaction, love, fun and enthusiasm in order to keep the mind swinging. According to him, it helps in eliciting spontaneous and correct responses to all the questions during the test.By now, the students might have begun their second or third phase of revision, having already covered the syllabus. Practising model tests, rather than merely revising the material, will play a key role at this crucial juncture. For the sake of revision, many students tend to ignore (sacrifice..?) food and sleep, thinking that these trivial acts eat into their precious time. One thing that they forget is the futility of joining the race with a starved horse. The horse rider may be well versed in the nuances of steering ahead towards the winning post, but the thoroughly exhausted horse will let him down!
Some tipsTake easily digestible food, preferably vegetarian, and citrus fruits/juices to energise the mind and body. Similarly, sleep for 6-7 hours during nights till the test day. While frequent breaks help one concentrate more, spending half-an-hour a day on one's hobbies will come as a much-needed diversion to the mind. One has to spend the day preceding the test in a festive mood. Taking oil bath will keep the body and mind fresh, while a post-lunch siesta renews the energies. Visit your test centre by evening and trace out your room to plan your conveyance for the next morning. Go to bed by 10 pm and have a sound six-hour sleep.Answering questions in a competitive exam itself is an art. In entrance tests, a student has just to identify the right answer from among the given options, instead of working out a solution. Quite easy, isn't it?. Students should bear the time factor in mind. Skipping tricky questions and pouncing at easier ones to gain time is a better option. Finish writing ten minutes in advance and check every answer and ensure all the responses are marked properly. Better to keep away from discussions on the correctness of the answers outside the test centre as it could rob you of your cool. Instead, consult friends and plan for the evening show of your favourite star's movie!A.D. RANGARAJAN