As academic pressure begins to mount, here are some tips to put the next exam season into perspective.

As the end of the semester approaches, the months of April and May are among the most intense academic times for students. That familiar knot in your stomach signals the imminent arrival of exams, sleepless nights, and a caffeine overdose. Here are some steps you can take to help:

Get organized: Working backwards helps. If your exams are scheduled for May, set a review and practice schedule. Sit down with your subject teachers and plan your review with the date of the exam in mind. Create a program by breaking it down into small pieces. But also make sure you have some free time to relax.

Pay attention to your space: Mixing up our physical spaces is one of the biggest blunders. It has become more relevant now that we are all tied to the house. We work from home, study in our bedrooms, eat in bed, and probably use the study table to empty our things! It is important to respect the space so that even your mind can disassociate itself. Designate an area where you will do all of your studying and revising.

Exercise and eat a balanced diet: When you’re under a lot of stress, exercising may seem like the last thing you want to do. But it ensures that you will feel better later on. Eating the right food during these times of intense stress is also important for mental health and well-being.

Your phone can wait: Put your phone away while you study. Distraction from friend notifications and checking Instagram, Facebook, and other social media platforms is the worst type of procrastination. A little bit of phone rampage can do wonders for your stress level.

Simulated home exams: One of the most common causes of exam anxiety is a lack of information about what to expect on exam day. The best way to handle this is with practice and more practice. Time your teasing at home. If you have a hard time finishing on time, keep training until you hit the timing. Solicit feedback from your teachers. They can help you determine which areas can be improved further.

But remember that passing the exam doesn’t determine who you are. Everyone reacts differently in different circumstances. An exam only quantifies your knowledge. Put your worries and stress in perspective and you can face the exams head-on.

The author is the activities and events coordinator and Spanish teacher at the Aditya Birla World Academy.

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