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How To Deal With Exams Stress 
Date:  9 Sep 2019
Posted By Ankit

Stress is your response to your pressure and while a small amount of pressure can be useful to keep you attentive during the exam but if it becomes too much then it will get impairment your attention and concentration on your task, make difficult for you to attend any task.

Stress is a response of the body toward a threatening situation which leads to the secretion of certain types of hormones such as adrenaline, lead for fear, fight, and flight. As exam draws nearer pupils begin to feel anxious and panicky due to this he/she is facing difficulty in attending tasks which lead to poor work performance.


Physical symptoms Psychological symptoms
Tense muscle and may headache Feeling confused
Upset stomach or may feel sick Feeling overwhelmed
Fidgeting Moody and low
Nail-biting Lack of motivation to do any task
Teeth grinding Anxiety and worries
Constant fatigue Reoccurring nightmares
Frequent cold Loss of sense of humor
Abnormal eating habits Withdrawal from the social gathering


  • High expectations
  • High Competition
  • Lack of motivation
  • Comparing with others
  • Fear of rejection
  • Lack of preparation
  • Poor study habits
  • Poor time management
  • Fear of being ridiculed
  • Backlog of study
  • Peer pressure
  • Poor health issues


Mild stress is helpful for us because of this we pay attention to the task but an excessive amount is harmful which leads to serious physical, mental and social health issues etc.

Mild stress boosts up the performance in an exam or any other tasks but after the optimum level, it going to work oppositely and decreases the performance in an exam or another task. Therefore the optimum level of stress leads to good performance.



Before the exam:

  • Prepare a schedule for each subject and give more time for tough subject/ time management according to subjects
  • Over learning –practice your study material
  • Do not use new study material
  • See motivational videos to boost confidence
  • Follow a healthy diet
  • Do exercise or yoga
  • Take proper sleep to fresh your mind.
  • Solve previous year question papers or sample papers.

During the exam:

  • Enter with a free mind in the exam room
  • Have organized stationery like pen, pencil, eraser, etc.
  • Take a deep breath if you feel anxious
  • Read question paper attentively
  • Solve easy first then a hard one
  • Make your own technique to solve a question paper
  • Drink water in between exam for calming
  • Recheck answer sheet after completion of the exam

After the exam:

  • Do not discuss your question paper
  • Spend time recreational activity for refreshing mind
  • Prepare for the next exam.

In coping stress, there are Do,s and Don,ts. The many Don,ts include not to be negative or rushed or be influenced by those more stressed than you. The Do,s include positive statements such as natural breathing techniques, yoga, exercise and believing in yourself and stay motivated. After all, it is just an examination.

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