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Have a smooth sail

Inculcate these simple habits to ready yourself for the exams.

In India, after elections, one event which interests everyone is Board Exams. From the younger lot to the older generation, everyone is well aware of the Board Examinations. Since it is such an event, the anxiety is evidently visible on the students’ faces as soon as March begins — the dreaded time of the year when one has to face THE examination. With all the conjecture around, here are five ways to help you sail through smoothly during your Boards.

Time: Time is one thing, which as a student preparing for your boards, you are always running short of. The best way to cope with it is to plan your time well. During Boards, there are long gaps between one exam and the other. These long preparatory breaks are exhausting if you don’t divide your time well. “The best way is to try wrapping up your course in the first few days and keeping the rest for revision; the way to score well is to revise well,” says Seerat, a second-year student.

Visual clutter: During examinations, we generally take the liberty to be messy and disorganised. This might seem fine to you but, psychologically speaking, it has a different dimension to it. “Visual clutter tends to tire your brain faster — if you know your room is messy, you tend to divert more energy on ignoring the fact rather than studying. Biologically humans like to be in clean and tidy spaces,” says child psychologist Nupur Sandhu. Therefore, get rid of that visual clutter right way.

Sleep: How many ever times it is said, it’s less. Sleep is an integral part to keep you going. Amidst all the tension and anxiety, sometimes it seems difficult to sleep but you ought to do it. Sleep is essential to keep your brain active and work at an optimal level.

Those coffee cups might help you stay awake but will not be able to keep your brain active. “A minimum of six hours of sleep is essential before any examination. Sleep plays an important role in defining the activeness of your brain during the examination,” says Dr. Mahesh Gupta.

Periodic breaks: While preparing the timetable for your exams, make sure that you incorporate periodical breaks which will act as a breather to help you absorb and retain whatever you have studied. “It is of utmost importance that you give your brain the time to seep in all the information,” says Payal Gupta, a school psychologist.

Eat and drink well: The fuel for our body to work is food and water. “During your exams, make sure to remain hydrated and eat a balanced diet,” says Gunjan Bassan, mother of a class X student. It is beneficial if you cut out the junk from your diet. Poor fuel means poor performance, now if your intake of food is not up to the mark, your body will not be able to perform well.

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